Magnetic Fields, directed by Yorgos Gousis, is the official entry for Greece this year. It’s a simple, quirky story about Elena and Antonis, who meet by chance on a ferry on their way to a Greek Island. Antonis is tasked with burying his aunt, as she wanted to be buried in her hometown, while Elena is supposed to be in Thessaloniki preparing for her next dance performance but decides to skip it. Upon arriving to the island, Antonis’ car breaks down as he attempts to leave the port and Elena offers to drive him to town.
From there, a beautiful bond begins to form between these two strangers.
Yorgos Gousis has created an endearing, smart film about two people whose roads brought them together. Elena is unhappy with her marriage and her profession as a dancer. She feels like her life is a mistake. She wants something different and to follow her new passion for singing. Antonis has been hurt before with love and thus he feels like falling in love again is a huge weight. He doesn’t want to be broken again. But this kind of pain, it’s what life is about.
The film spends the majority of time with Elena driving Antonis around the island looking for the final burial spot for Antonis’ aunt. It needs to be the perfect spot. It needs to feel like a magnetic field is pushing them to the right location, but perhaps the real electric charge is between the new strangers who’re meeting each other at the right time.