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Learn How to Read and Write, Son (1981)

Mathe paidi mou grammata (original title)
In a small Greek village, short time after the collapse of the Junta regime, a memorial of those who died in the German occupation of Greece brings in the surface the political differences of a conservative teacher and his two sons.


Thodoros Maragos (as Thodoros Marangos)


Thodoros Maragos (as Thodoros Marangos)
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Credited cast:
Vasilis Diamantopoulos ... Periklis Papahristoforou
Anna Matzourani Anna Matzourani ... Elpida
Nikos Kalogeropoulos Nikos Kalogeropoulos ... Sokratis
Christos Kalavrouzos ... Kanavos
Rena Kazakou Rena Kazakou ... Hrysanthi
Kostas Tsakonas Kostas Tsakonas ... Dimosthenis
Giorgos Vrasivanopoulos Giorgos Vrasivanopoulos ... Passenger
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Katia Alexandrou Katia Alexandrou
Dimos Avdeliodis Dimos Avdeliodis
Kostas Bilifis Kostas Bilifis
Kostas Biliris Kostas Biliris
Menelaos Daflos Menelaos Daflos ... Horofylakas
Elpidoforos Gotsis ... Dioikitis Horofylakis
Dimitris Kaberidis ... Papas
Giorgos Kavagias Giorgos Kavagias


In the wake of the far-right Greek military junta, a storm is brewing in a rugged and secluded Arcadian village. Traditional, stern, and conservative, the unwavering headmaster of the local gymnasium, Periklis Papachristoforou, will find himself in the eye of the storm, when--during the unveiling of a WWII memorial--the name of the Resistance fighter, Christos Kanavos, is deliberately omitted from the wall. As a result, the clash between his liberal teacher wife and his two progressive sons is inevitable; however, who has the guts to admit the naked truth? Written by Nick Riganas

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The most important political, post-military junta satire about the nation, the religion, the education, the family.


Comedy | Drama







Release Date:

9 October 1981 (Greece) See more »

Also Known As:

Educate Yourself My Son See more »

Filming Locations:

Dimitsana, Arcadia, Greece See more »

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The movie was screened between 1981-1982 and sold 321,571 tickets. It came 1st out of 46 movies. See more »

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27 October 2005 | by wot31See all my reviews

First of all i would like to bow to the genius of Nikos Kalogeropoulos. The whole story is seen from the point of view of the character he plays, an underprivileged teenager who is about to finish high school. He is in love with a very poor girl, that has to work in order to support her family, while studying. The problem is that his father is the very conservative schoolmaster, while she is the granddaughter of a Communist who was executed by the Germans. And during that historical period,even in the years of the reestablishment of Greek democracy, the core of Greek society (even more in villages like the one where the story is set) remained mainly really conservative.Furthermore, the arrival of his brother, after a lot of years of studying abroad, and his failure to find a suitable job, challenge his faith in the conservative social system that ruled Greece at the time.

But the most revolutionary part of the film is the social commentary. Subjects that where considered taboo for the Greek cinema of the time (sexuality, political sectarianism, unemployment,the rule of the church,miss education, poverty and the negligence toward rural communities) are touched and challenged in a film that only looks like a coming-of-age story. Probably one of the most amazing scenes showing this is the scene where the kids, in the classroom, read their compositions about everyday life in town, and while they read, the camera takes a tour in town showing us what happens in their typical day,and what problems they face. That and the final scene, inside the courtroom....

Oh and it is worth seeing for the beautifully cinematic scenes showing the town of stemnitsa, where the film was shot.......

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