Review: The Man with the Answers

Written and directed by Stelios Kammitsis, a former Greek diving champion and an eccentric German student take an adventurous road-trip of rediscovery from Bari to Bavaria. Starring: Vasilis Magouliotis, Anton Weil and Stella Fyrogeni.

From its humble, quiet atmosphere, you might underestimate the sincere, strong charm that The Man with the Answers holds. Kammitsis sets these two characters out on a classic romantic journey, starting out on rocky terms but slowly building a blossoming relationship. It’s understated and earnest, moving in a slow but compelling manner. These are two very different characters, Victoras (Magouliotis) is repressed, stoic and introverted, while Mathias (Weil) is poetic, free-spirited and confident. It’s a perfect example of opposites attract, one providing exactly what the other needs to open up.

Road-trips are always a great excuse to explore some visually varied and stunning locations, which is exactly what Stelios Kammitsis achieves here. However, what’s most interesting is that its beautiful setting, never takes away from its humble atmosphere. Kammitsis adds in a depth of colour and great variety to intensify its drama, in a way that’s subtle but extremely effective.

Vasilis Magouliotis and Anton Weil are a perfect piece of casting, the chemistry which they hold right from first meeting is wonderful and effortless. It’s the type of chemistry which, even in their testing moments, never wains; always lingering in the background which makes it all the more satisfying to watch when they connect. The performances are genuine, heartfelt and emotional, much like the rest of the film they’re also subtle. Magouliotis brings an intense quiet which still doesn’t quite mask his vulnerabilities while Weil has a bravado exterior which slowly reveals the generosity, patience and kindness beneath.

The Man with the Answers is a superbly shot, quietly compelling and sincerely charming romantic drama. Vasilis Magouliotis and Anton Weil have a sparkling chemistry which is a pleasure to watch unfold. Stelios Kammitsis does a brilliant job of not only capturing the picturesque locations but using them to create an atmosphere which is simple yet affecting. Its story is surprisingly emotional and unassumingly worms it’s way under your skin.

Verdict: ✯✯✯✯ | 8/10

Reviewed as part of Raindance Film Festival 2021

On DVD, Blu-ray & VOD from 28th June

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