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Directed by Minos Nikolakakis
Written by John De Holland (screenplay), John De Holland & Minos Nikolakakis (story)
Starring Prometheus Aleifer, Anastasia Rafaella Konidi, John De Holland, Maria Eglezaki, Kostas Laskos, Manos Vakousis
While I wouldn’t go so far as to categorize ENTWINED as horror, it still deals with some chilling moments and embraces modern mythology. ENTWINED is a gorgeous and soulful taste of Greek culture and mythological tragedy.
When a doctor from the city named Panos (Prometheus Aleifer) relocates to a small village in the hills of Greece, he encounters a waifish woman on the main road and follows her to her humble home in the middle of a thick forest. After setting up shop in the village, he attempts to find the woman Danae (Anastasia Rafaella Konidi) as he feels she is sick and unable to care for herself. Once he finds Danae, Panos is compelled to stay and even when he attempts to leave the forest, he only finds his way back to Danae’s home. What happens next is the stuff of ancient Greek myth and fairy tale.
While the journey Panos takes in the span of this story is quite arduous and horrifying, there aren’t a lot of true scares to be had in ENTWINED. Instead, this is a film that mesmerizes you into following the story in almost a trance-like manner. The sights and sounds of the thick forests and beautiful countryside are something out of the finest of travelogues. Director Minos Nikolakakis captures the stunning landscapes with an artist’s eye. He tells a simple and elegant story that feels ripped right from ancient lore and unfolds the various plot twists just as delicately.
Prometheus Aleifer does a fantastic job of the strong, yet somewhat foolish protagonist who acts upon impulse and rejects any and all warnings from friends and acquaintances in the new town. But the real surprise is the enthralling beauty of Anastasia Rafaella Konidi as Danae. Through simple gestures and a sing song voice, one can imagine how Panos becomes so enthralled with her. The story unfolds quite predictable, but never loses its charm. Knowing my fair share of Ancient Myth and how they often end in tragedy, I had a strong notion of how this film was going to turn out and was privy to the twists before they were revealed to our clueless protagonist. Still, I found ENTWINED to be utterly enchanting. Those interested in mythology both modern and ancient will feel the magic of ENTWINED, a simple, but effective and tragic fable worth seeking out.