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The story of a mother from the perspective of her daughter looking back in retrospect after she has grown up, A Song Is Not Enough is the debut feature of Elissavet Chronopoulou, who has already had a long career as a film editor. Irene, a theatre actress, was imprisoned in 1972 for participating in resistance activities against a dictatorial regime. As a result, her abandoned 9-year-old daughter Olga experiences a lonely childhood growing up with her father Manolis, Irene’s ex-husband. In prison, Irene discovers another side of life and herself. Olga as a teenager, however, couldn’t understand her mother, and even as a grown up, hasn’t come to terms with the past. The relationship between Irene and Olga is like a damaged bridge that cannot be repaired.
Now married and working as a film editor, Olga becomes interested in her mother’s life. Olga’s present, expressed in color, and Irene’s past, expressed in black and white, alternate on the screen. Vassia, Irene’s childhood friend and theatre worker, plays an important role in Irene’s life. Despite their love for each other, true feelings for each other are not professed. Different perspectives on love, friendship, fatherhood and motherhood create conflicts between Vassia and Irene. The film ends with Olga subtly smiling at Irene’s theatre stage, a point of contact between a private life and political life. (Yoon Yong-soon)
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Elissavet Chronopoulou graduated from the Starbracos Film School in 1987 and has enjoyed a high-profile career as editor of short films, feature films, documentaries and countless TV series and commercials. Her directorial credits include the shorts Lean on Me (1995) and Yesterday Afternoon (1998), a documentary Political Confinement in 20th Century Greece (2000) and a television movie Three Wishes (2002). A Song Is not Enough is her first feature film.