Peppermint | Chicago Reader

Peppermint

The European coming-of-age drama has become a staple of international film festivals in the U.S.; this dutifully heartwarming contribution from Greece (1999), written and directed by Costas Kapakas, follows a trouble-prone rascal as he tries to make sense of the adult world (gruff but loving parents, charmingly eccentric aunts and uncles, and a doddering grandparent thrown in for comic relief and the inevitable funeral scene). The story unfolds through a series of flashbacks as the main character, now grown, drives to a reunion to meet his boyhood friends and sweetheart. If you haven't seen this story already, you've probably been living under a rock, and while this isn't a bad retread, it hasn't much to recommend it by way of the direction or performances. 105 min.

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