RKS 2023 Film: “Marjoram”: The Road to Hell is Paved with Good Intentions and an Horrific Past

“Marjoram”, a cutting-edge Greek film made in 2013, packs a serious punch. I can almost say it is a quasi Greek “Exorcist” except unlike Linda Blair it is not Satan destroying a little girl but rather 11 year old Anna is slowly being destroyed by her mother wanting what she believes to be the best for Anna. The best simply can’t obliterate a dirty little secret gnawing on Anna’s psyche.

Anna, a talented juvenile chef, is being relentlessly pushed by her mother to win a kiddie cooking show. No it is not a beauty contest  a la Jon Benet nor parents pushing or permitting their children to participate in drag contests. Even injuries both physical and mental provide no respite to Anna’s misery at being edged on by her mother.

It is a therapist at the network that detects something unusual with Anna when she cuts her fingers with a grater at a television rehearsal. Despite the flagging of a potential psychological issue both the producer and Anna’s mother blindly push Anna towards the precipice.

But there is something even more sinister clawing Anna’s back. Can she overcome the past and her mother blinded by self-failure?

This very disturbing film is available to be streamed 3-12March 2023 through the Hellenic Film Society USA “Greek Films on Demand”. See https://www.goelevent.com/HellenicFilmSociety/e/MARJORAMMATZOURANA

It is in Greek with English subtitles. Directed by Olga Malea.

You can see the trailer here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=idkBjrr3UHc&t=3s

RKS 2023 Films Rating 92/100.

Published by Robert K Stephen (CSW)

Robert K Stephen writes about food ,drink, travel, film, and lifestyle issues. He also has published serialized novels "Life at Megacorp", "Virus # 26, "Reggie the Egyptian Rescue Dog" and "The Penniless Pensioner" Robert was the first associate member of the Wine Writers’ Circle of Canada. He also holds a Mindfulness Certification from the University of Leiden and the University of Toronto. Be it Spanish cured meat, dried fruit, BBQ, or recycled bamboo place mats, Robert endeavours to escape the mundane, which is why he has established this publication. His motto is, "Have Story, Will Write."

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