If recent history taught us something is that edgy themes in movies are the best choices. It is hard for a director to take an overused theme and make it a cult classic; there are directors that are trying this every year and the only thing they get is a doppelganger of a movie you’ve seen as a teenager. In 'The Owls', Natalia Bougadellis goes on a winning path by taking one of the most controversial themes of our times, focusing her attention on only one scandalous case.
We cannot agree more with Bougadellis when she describes the family portrayed in the movie as the family next door that you don’t know anything about. This is the exact same thing we have encountered back in the day in some movies regarding families living on the behalf of their beggar kids and their social support – you don’t know what happens behind the closed doors.
So far this is one of the best queer movies we have seen in our competition, with neat cinematography and very natural acting. The main character does a great job highlighting the struggles a drag-queen has to go through by doing his job. One thing we appreciated the most in this movie was the courage with which Bougadellis had to make such a movie in a profound religious country like Greece. Also, we really enjoyed the dialogues in Greek, making this movie look more… eccentric.
Even though it came out right after 'The Danish Girl', 'The Owls' follows its own path dealing with something more common for the present day. The only thing we can reproach to Natalia Bougadellis is the length of the movie – this subject can be easily turned into a feature film because the story is something that concerns all of us. This could be a thing but what we don’t know is whether the consistency of the narrative will be the same.
Review written by Vlad A.G