Film review: Papadopoulos & Sons (NC)
As a comedy about the Greek immigrant experience this has all the authenticity of a nine drachma note. And yet it has one significant chip in the pile, Stephen Dillane's thoughtful, understated performance as an entrepreneur on the skids.
He's Harry Papadopoulos, a Greek-born widower whose business empire has come crashing down in the wake of the financial crisis.
Nearly bankrupt, he takes his three kids and the housekeeper (Selina Cadell) to his last property in London, the family fish'n'chip shop he co-owns with his scapegrace older brother Spyros (Georges Corraface, a rival to Tom Conti for Grecian gurn).
Of course, in remodelling the old place as a fab local chippy Harry gets a life lesson, despite the badgering presence of his money-mad lawyer (Ed Stoppard).
Nothing much surprises in the story's redemptive journey to Feelgoodsville, but you hang in there for Dillane's lovely, quiet touches of dryness and wit.
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