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A Blast

2014

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  • Initially aggressive to the point of being insufferable, then its m.o. becomes apparent - but the more realistic scenes are still the best, like the not-unhelpful civil servant who mildly observes that "I note you're slightly edgy, as a family". Anger shades into hysteria, and if Papoulia's ADHD younger self is meant to denote 'youthful energy' (cf. the detachment she feels later), that's a weird kind of youthful.

  • Though several key plot elements eluded me while watching and even after it was all over, the experience was fraught with such kinetic forcefulness that a lack of narrative seemed a fair tradeoff, if not an intrinsic component of the experience Tzoumerkas was looking to create.

  • Impressive... Perhaps to spice this potentially dry, if important, material up, Tzoumerkas intersperses many explicit sex scenes, straight and gay, as if to suggest that Maria’s and her husband’s sensual indulgences were partially to blame for their lousy career- and business sense.

  • A Blast is emotionally harrowing, sexually explicit, and terrifyingly tense... And while the film throws some shadows reminiscent of recent Greek “Weird Wave” cinema (Papoulia also starred in Yorgos Lanthimos’s Dogtooth and Alps), such as its unhinged, barking mad, and eyeball-rolling style of acting, this is a bigger, bolder, and angrier work.

  • If there’s no subtext to tease out in “A Blast,” the film’s fast, flushed, slip-sliding narrative structure makes ample demands of viewers’ attention... Papoulia negotiates the character’s colliding moods and impulses with frazzled gusto in a bravura performance that nonetheless never succumbs to mannered hysteria.

  • A Blast works on multiple levels, posing questions about Greece’s economic and social structures, family, and the realities of gender, sexuality and happiness on which individuals build their lives.