“Worlds Apart” took me by surprise; its complexities, beauties, pain and pathos, resulting in a tapestry of love so vital, riveting, touching the astounding similarities, anomalies of a heart’s uncontrolled flight when pricked at the will of “Eros”, the Greek god of love; masterfully entwining three disparate couples with the harsh threads of Greece’s contemporary financial crisis and the delicate filaments of aged mythology. Exceptionally written, constructed, directed and performed, this is a film that anyone who has loved, or even for a moment, known the wonderment of its power, will glory in recognition, wholeheartedly empathize and embrace these three disparate couples.
Young love, represented by Syrian refugee, “Ferris” (Tawfeek Barhom) and “Daphne” (Nikki Vakali) feel their devotion has the strength to overcome the unrest, hatred for immigrants and violence perpetrated against them. Their optimism, intimacy, momentarily transcends reality.
Seasoned, mid-life couple “Giorgos”, (Christoforos Papakaliatis, also writer/director) frustrated with his marriage and profession meets gorgeous, cold Swedish “downsizer” “Elise” (Andrea Osvart); their passionate, combustible relationship wreaks emotional havoc and alters the course of their lives.
Vintage attachment resounds in the remarkable, touching performances of J.K. Simmons as a retired German professor, “Sebastian” and Maria Kovoyianni, “Maria” a sad disillusioned housewife, thwarted by life’s mundanity; Eros strikes, and through words and stories, they succumb to its potency.
“Worlds Apart” wisely acknowledges, that despite geography, seniority, love denies boundaries, plunders prejudices; it’s arrow assuring, no matter life’s twists, their hearts, devoid of parameters, will never be parted.