Tasos and Evdokia are siblings who bicker like an old married couple. Together they run a small gas station in Thessaloniki, where the little money that they make comes mainly from selling heating oil during the winters.
More than five years of recession has drastically changed the lives of most Greeks. Wages are now lower and pensions practically unheard of. It is a country where even your pet cat seems only interested in ripping you off, and must hence be named after the prime minister.
All of this means that there are less people buying heating oil. When they do, the canisters they fill are now smaller, and Tasos and Evdokia are often asked to reduce their prices for people who cannot afford even basic necessities.
Tasos tries to play the tough businessman: no price reductions, no selling on credit, and no friendships with the customers. In truth, however, both Tasos and Evdokia are real softies who cannot turn away those in need. By the end of winter they have sold so much oil on credit that it is a miracle they themselves manage to heat up their humble home. Perhaps they survive on the same things this film is made of: a mixture of black humour, some dramatic moaning about one’s fate, and a good dash of love for one’s neighbour.
Sirje Niitepõld / Translation: Oona Juutinen
- Director: Ingeborg Jansen
- Country: Netherlands
- Year: 2016
- Length: 65
- Age limit: K7
- Format: DCP
- Cinematography: Ingeborg Jansen, Stephan Polman
- Editing: Paul De Heer
- Audio: Christina Pitouli, Susanne Helmer, Jeroen Goeijers
- Production: Hasse van Nunen, Renko Douze / Een van de jongens
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