Just when you think summer is finally here, we’re thrown into another cold and wet week of classic Melbourne Spring. To be fair though, the rain, clouds and generally damp weather make for the best movie-watching weather! My plus one and I were invited to experience a little Mediterranean heat vicariously with the new film “Two Tickets to Greece“ at Kino Cinema which will be released around Australia this Boxing Day.
“Two Tickets to Greece” is a new French film directed by Marc Fitoussi. It’s a heartwarming and humorous tale of rediscovering oneself and the strength of female friendship. The story follows Magalie (Laure Calamy) and Blandine (Olivia Côte), two childhood friends who reunite after decades apart. Their lives have taken vastly different paths, with Magalie struggling with money and the monotony of life (when a party and new adventure would be way more fun) and Blandine facing a recent divorce.
Blandine’s son has been searching for a way to spark some joy in his mothers life after years of depression. Seeing an opportunity, he forces an encounter between the two estranged friends which sparks a shared dream from their youth – a trip to Greece. Seizing the opportunity for adventure and escape, they embark on a journey filled with laughter, tears, and self-discovery. As they explore the sun-soaked Greek islands, magnificently captured in a never-ending sunset hue, they confront their past hurts, rekindle their bond, and learn to embrace new possibilities.
The film’s strength lies in its portrayal of female friendship and the difficulty of understanding that some relationships are meant to be left in the past, while others are worth rekindling. Magalie and Blandine’s relationship is genuine and relatable, showcasing the complexities of adult friendships. Calamy and Côte deliver captivating performances, capturing their characters’ vulnerability and resilience with equal grace.
Beyond the humor and heartbreaking moments, “Two Tickets to Greece” also delves into themes of second chances and self-acceptance. As the women confront their pasts and embrace the present, Blandine discover a newfound appreciation for life and the courage to try something new. This message of empowerment will resonate and delight viewers of all ages. Besides the main characters, we particularly liked Kristin Scott Thomas as Bijou, a free spirited artist living on Mykonos who brings a warmth and depth to every role she takes on.
Accompanied by stunning visuals of the Greek landscape and a disco-heavy musical score, “Two Tickets to Greece” is a cinematic escape that will leave you feeling uplifted and optimistic. It is a testament to the enduring power of friendship, the transformative nature of travel, and the courage to embrace life’s unexpected adventures. Got to go… I’m looking up flights to head to Greece right now.
Two Tickets to Greece releases in cinemas nationally on Boxing Day, 26 December 2023. Get your tickets at Palace Cinemas.