The Man With All The Answers: Review – Victoras (Vasilis Magouliotis) is an ex-Olympic swimmer who has become something of a recluse these days and lives in Greece with his grandmother who’s very sick. He lives a quiet life and is seemingly content, but when his grandmother suddenly dies, Victoras decides he needs to get out of his town.
His plans are to take him to Italy to see family, but along the way he meets Mathias (Anton Weil), an extroverted German student who offers to help Victoras along on his journey. Although determined to get straight to where he needs to be, Victoras finds that Mathias can be quite persuasive and as the two of them get to know each other, an attraction starts to emerge.
The Man With All The Answers is a feelgood romantic drama and feature debut by writer/director Stelios Kammitsis. However, although most romantic dramas or even comedies may start out in a similar way such as this, The Man with All the Answers is not your typical romantic feature.
There’s something that feels very real about the film and whereas most films like this would make the premise into a high concept drama where the audience knows exactly where it’s going from the start – The Man with All the Answers does not.
Setting up its scenes and characters at a leisurely pace, the audience may not be entirely sure where this is all going, particularly as there is no immediate attraction between the lead characters. Instead, a more natural approach is taken and when something finally does happen, it feels like it was meant to happen rather than being a hotbed of sexual tension.
There’s also a good chemistry between Magouliotis and Weil, the latter playing a more confident man, but not in an overly exaggerated way. His performance subtly tells the audience in many ways that he may be just what Victoras needs.
Also, it’s rather refreshing to see a story told that doesn’t end in all encompassing love, instead it’s more of a ‘let’s see what happens’ rather than ‘you’re the only one for me’. The Man with All the Answers will make audiences smile as it turns out to be a far more realistic view on relationships than other films may offer.
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