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by Kaleem Aftab
September 16, 2012 1:28 PM
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TIFF Capsule Review: 'God Loves Caviar'

A breezy account of how a Greek sailor, Varvakis (Sebastian Koch) survives the Greek Civil War, before ending up working out of a Russian brothel from where he discovers a method of preserving caviar. As trade with Greece booms, the money starts pouring in.  Starting off with an older Varvakis secluded on an island chatting to McCormic (John Cleese), the clunky narrative is told in flashback and with a jaunty tone. There is not much to recommend as the story swings wildly from one set piece to another. Of minor note: Catherine Deneuve has a cameo appearance as Catherine the Great in director Iannis Smaragdis’ turgid tale. Criticwire grade: D [Kaleem Aftab]

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  • Julia Elliott | October 2, 2012 7:06 AMReply

    There wasn't a civil war. Greeks started their rebellion against the Ottomans after a 400 years' oppression. In order to have an opinion you'll need to study first. Thank you. Regarding your D grade ... stop watching reality tv.

  • Eleni | October 6, 2012 9:46 AM

    The story is not about Greek Civil war that has been occured during 1945-1949 but is is about the Greek Revolution of 1821 for freedom of the ottoman empire!For God's sake,how do you expect people trust you on what you write?

  • maria | September 17, 2012 5:14 AMReply

    i like this film