Papadopoulos & Sons – review

Written and directed by a Greek Cypriot, this flat, feelgood family story transposes the cliches of Zorba the Greek to the present day. The dull Alan Bates character becomes Harry, an anglicised Greek Cypriot multi-millionaire (Stephen Dillane) bankrupted by the current economic crisis; Anthony Quinn's Zorba becomes Spiros, his ebullient older brother and embodiment of the life-force (Georges Corraface). The widowed Harry and his three kids are rescued when they reopen the family fish-and-chips bar, make friends with the Turkish family running a kebab shop across the street, discover their eastern Mediterranean roots, turn their backs on capitalism and start dancing to the strains of a Mikis Theodorakis song in a suburban London street.

ComedyDramaPhilip French

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