Festival du Nouveau Cinéma 2021: Our Review of ‘Moon, 66 Questions’

Posted in Festival Coverage by - October 25, 2021
Festival du Nouveau Cinéma 2021: Our Review of ‘Moon, 66 Questions’

Getting some traction in film festivals like Berlin and now in the Nouveau Cinema in Montreal, Moon, 66 Questions punctuates itself with home videos with time stamps from the 1990s. The dates are different from the days that Artemis (Sofia Kokkali) starts her narration with. She starts out naming summer and fall days, the important events during those days. And for better or worse, poetic questions. The film eventually shows her during the present day. Here, she cares for Paris (Lazaros Georgakopoulos), who she calls Paris even if he’s her father.

Artemis cares for him because of a stroke that leaves him occasionally unable to help himself. There are reminders of that recent circumstances of his physical abilities. Reminders like a basketball game they watch in his bedroom. She came all the way to Athens to care for him. The father and daughter are civil despite of their tense situation. There are a lot of moments where the camera depicts Artemis alone. I’m going to assume that she’s some kind of writer because of the way she acts. She mimics Paris when no one’s around, trying o capture the essence of the man she never knew.

Some of those scenes don’t always work but that’s probably because of my prejudices. I’m probably belittling a young female character’s struggles despite of my conscious efforts of for doing so. It’s difficult, despite Kokkali’s efforts, to play character who makes unconventional decisions. It’s also hard to argue or play a character who has a fight or flight complex. One that peoplein her situation have. Nonetheless, Kokkali and Georgakopoulos work well, the camera capturing their familial chemistry despite their distance, physical or otherwise. The film also handles a revelation about Paris in a way that’s both subtle and surprisingly visceral.

Watch Moon, 66 Questions here.

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While Paolo Kagaoan is not taking long walks in shrubbed areas, he occasionally watch movies and write about them. His credentials are as follows: he has a double major in English and Art History. This means that, for example, he will gush at the art direction in the Amityville house and will want to live there, which is a terrible idea because that house has ghosts. Follow him @paolokagaoan on Instagram but not while you're working.
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