«PÖFF: Love Me Not»

An upper-class couple hires a young migrant (Célestine Aposporis) to be their surrogate mother. After she moves into their elegant villa, they all start discussing the final details of their contract. The man (Christos Loulis) is quite open to negotiation and is willing to strengthen the bond with her. On the other hand, the woman (Eleni Roussinou), who always seems as though she is battling against depression, keeps her distance but still tries to approach her. With the future mother occupying the centre of their attention, the couple is ready to enjoy a summer interlude while planning for the future. The woman, though, has an abrupt argument with the girl and heads out on a drive. The same night, her husband will have to identify her burned body found in the wreckage of her car.

„Love Me Not“ is a film that plays with genres and covers different topics. Starting off as a social drama, the film then evolves into a thriller and, lastly, touches on horror without ever losing the thread of its main subtext.

Along with the contradictory, idyllic, optimistic cinematography by David Pimm, which heightens the gloominess of the acts depicted, Avranas emotionally manipulates his viewers and physically manipulates his characters in a crescendo of psychological exploitation. The woman and the man, subliminal archetypes of tragic heroes, overexpose their hubris, which will inevitably lead to a harsher narrative bridge, concluding with a sadistic, Pasolini-esque nemesis.

Vassilis Economou, Cineuropa.org