Standing Aside, Watching

Farmland, empty warehouses and a secluded railway station. Antigoni, in her early thirties, is the only person who gets off the train. After many years she has returned to the Greek town where she grew up, determined to make a life for herself. She meets her long-standing girlfriend Eleni, begins working as a teacher and finds a boyfriend. Nikos is young and unassuming. He works for a scrap-dealer named Nondas, a bullish man with a criminal record who lives in a caravan. Eleni, who submits herself to Nondas’ sexual whims, is regularly humiliated and beaten by him. Nikos is also involved. [Synopsis courtesy of Berlinale]