‘Alex & Eve': Santa Barbara Review

A Greek Orthodox male and a Muslim lady try to overcome their families’ objections in this Australian movement on ‘Romeo and Juliet.’

One of a many renouned films shown during this year’s Santa Barbara International Film Festival was a feel-good comedy from Australia, Alex Eve, about a intrigue between a Greek Orthodox male and a Muslim woman. Both Alex (Richard Brancatisano) and Eve (Andrea Demetriades) come from rude families that have really clever ideas about a suitable partner for their offspring. Can loyal adore be stymied by eremite or racial prejudice? Needless to say, this story has been told during slightest a few thousand times given Shakespeare wrote Romeo and Juliet. But with appealing actors and a uninformed setting, a story customarily works. Whether it’s uninformed adequate to transport really distant from Down Under stays to be determined.

Alex Eve was blending from a successful Australian play — indeed a trilogy of plays — by Alex Lykos, who also wrote a screenplay for a movie. At a start, both characters are indeterminate about posterior a regretful relationship. Alex is a dedicated teacher, and Eve is a successful lawyer. Her relatives have a matrimony organised for her with a male from Lebanon, though she feels no unrestrained about that match, or about other regretful prospects. Things change when a dual meet-cute in a nightclub — he incidentally pulls out a stool, knocking her to a floor, afterwards spills a splash on her dress. With such a bad beginning, a happy finale might be in a offing.

The problem is that both Alex and Eve are a bit intimidated by their determined families. He has a bullying lummox of a father, since in Eve’s case, it is her mom who is a firm one. This means any of them has one sensitive parent, so there is wish on a horizon. But their other family members are flattering monolithic in their opposition. When Alex and Eve try to move a dual families together for a meeting, resentments boil over.

What can make a umpteenth retelling of this story work for audiences? One component is intelligent dialogue, though Lykos delivers this usually intermittently. In addition, a ancillary characters are feeble defined. Alex and Eve have a span of enlivening pals, requisite in this kind of rom-com, though their characters are one-dimensional. 

Director Peter Andrikidis does a improved pursuit provision character and energy. The film is really slickly made, infrequently a small too slick, with a wall-to-wall low-pitched measure that is infrequently interesting and infrequently only relentless. However, Andrikidis and cinematographer Joseph H. Pickering make effective use of a Sydney locations, generally in a good stage where Alex overcomes his fear of heights to stand a Harbor Bridge, with Eve’s encouragement.

Of march a categorical part essential to retelling this story is to expel dual appealing actors in a leads, and here a film succeeds neatly. Brancatisano might be a small some-more clean than many math teachers, though he looks good and plays his purpose with warmth. Demetriades is immensely winning. It’s a pleasure to confront a smart, appealing lady who is distant from ideal though still something of an iconoclastic purpose indication for stereotype-defying Muslim women.

At a time when anti-Muslim influence has turn a domestic emanate in this nation as good as many others, this film’s sympathetic, evenhanded mural of Eve and her family is sensitively admirable. That thesis adds coercion to this disproportionate film. Will Alex and Eve’s adore overcome a outward world’s prejudices? The matter might not be resolved until a final marriage scene, carried from a consummate of The Graduate.

Venue: Santa Barbara International Film Festival (Independent)
Production companies:
Alex Eve / Murray Fahey Production
Cast: Richard Brancatisano, Andrea Demetriades, Tony Nikolakopoulos, Helen Chebatte, Ryan O’Kane, Millie Samuels
Director: Peter Andrikidis
Screenwriter: Alex Lykos
Producer: Murray Fahey
Executive producers: Martin Cooper, Bill Kritharas, Morris Ruskin
Director of photography: Joseph H. Pickering
Production designer: Felicity Abbott
Costume designer: Leah Giblin
Editor: Neil Thumpston
Music: Steve Peach
Sales: Shoreline Entertainment

Not rated, 91 minutes

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