Greece

On a rainy afternoon in a British nursing home, a woman struggles to make a last connection with her seemingly catatonic mother.

Creative team

Writer/director: Sarah Deakins
Producers: Sarah Deakins, Arielle Boisvert, Shawn Williamson

Filmmaker’s statement

Through the years I have always been moved by relationships on film between a parent and their child as a grownup. So much history and weight is carried in a simple expression between these two complicated human beings.

Greece is a memory piece that takes place somewhat out of time and, though completely fictional, is deeply personal for me. It was the perfect piece to take on as a project I could follow right through from conception to the final credits.

About Sarah Deakins

Sarah Deakins

Born in Kenosha, Wisconsin to British parents, multi award-winning writer/director/actor Sarah Deakins spent the first year of her life in Chicago until her parents decided to move to Canada.

A graduate of the University of Victoria theatre program, Sarah has extensive stage and screen credits; she has also written and produced several plays and films taking the helm most recently as director of her newest piece, Greece, produced by Brightlight Pictures.

The first short film she penned and starred in, Late, went to Cannes with Telefilm Canada as part of a successful festival run, and Greece is in the midst of a highly successful festival run with over 20 official selections so far, and garnering over 20 awards and counting.

Sarah makes her home in three main cities, splitting her time between LA, Toronto and Vancouver, and is currently in development on her first feature film, Home Free.

3 comments

  1. Barry Rothman

    I was blown away. So much packed into 15 minutes and it leaves you thinking about it for quite a while afterwards. Honestly, I want more.

  2. Beautifully done!

    It was not what I was expecting… which ended up being the reason I connected with it even more than I expected to.

    I wasn’t sure how the film would capture such a complex dynamic in a short but the way it was presented implied so much beyond what was filmed. You get the sense that these two women had been through this “routine” for a long time. You get a sense of their history. Even the catatonic mother wears an expression that tells a story of her history.

    My personal reading is that this relationship/dynamic was always kind of like this… not just a relationship worn down by years of illness and estrangement. In a way, it feels like this is how these two people have always communicated. Many parent/child dynamics have this ‘invisible wall’ even when there is no illness present.

    I didn’t expect resentment to be on display. And, oddly, that’s what I like about it most. That may sound negative but I think resentment is a normal and natural part of complex relationships. The usual treatment would be to display an ailing parent with a dutiful child, all past transgressions washed away because of the seriousness of the situation.

    In reality, things are a lot more messy I think. Resentments, big/small/complex are always there underneath the surface and exist because of opportunities missed, or certain basics expected weren’t provided. In short, these women were both human and flawed, with their own wants and desires that didn’t necessarily cross paths with eachother’s. The mother wasn’t just a mother and the child wasn’t just a child.

    As you get older, you think about such things. It’s nice to see a treatment of this topic that isn’t afraid to wade in the murky areas.

  3. Wow. Just Wow. I was completely enthralled.
    Powerful, deeply moving, honest. I got chills, I felt a range of emotions and it made me think.
    Wonderfully put together from the first to last frames, weaving sounds & light with interesting characters portrayed by actors at their best.
    Greece will stay with me long after the 15 min film fades to black.

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