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Sappho (2008)

  • Rate: 4.6/10 total 788 votes 
  • Genre: Drama | Romance
  • Release Date: 5 March 2008 (Ukraine)
  • Runtime: 88 min
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Sappho (2008)

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  • IMDb page: Sappho (2008)
  • Rate: 4.6/10 total 788 votes 
  • Genre: Drama | Romance
  • Release Date: 5 March 2008 (Ukraine)
  • Runtime: 88 min
  • Filming Location: Crimea, Ukraine
  • Budget: $1,950,000(estimated)
  • Gross: RUR 6,017,559(Russia)(25 May 2008)
  • Director: Robert Crombie
  • Stars: Avalon Barrie, Todd Soley and Lyudmila Shiryaeva|See full cast and crew
  • Original Music By: Maro Theodorakis   
  • Plot Keyword: Island | 1920s | Greek Tragedy | Sapphism | Boyfriend Girlfriend Relationship

Writing Credits By:

    (in alphabetical order)

  • Robert Crombie  writer

Known Trivia

    Plot: Sappho, a newly wed American wife, with her husband on the Greek island Lesbos, goes through the pain of unrequited love to a young woman, very much like the namesake poet in ancient times. Full summary »  »

    Story: "And? What comes next?" "It's lost. We'll never know." "Perhaps we should decide for ourselves" Sappho is a provocative and passionate love story set in the 1920s – not to be watched with children or with parents. Millionaire's daughter Sappho Lovell arrives on the Greek island of Lesbos for her honeymoon with her artist husband Phil. There she meets Helene, the daughter of a Russian archaeologist, and she falls in love with her. As our three lovers live out a complex girl-boy-girl sexual triangle, Sappho also comes to believe that she is the reincarnation of the ancient poetess Sappho – that Sappho who first put the "lesbian" in Lesbos. However, our modern Sappho does realize how the ancient Sappho's legend ends… Inspired by the poems of SapphoWritten by Robert Crombie  


    Synopsis: Set in 1926, the movie is saturated with the glamour of the Roaring Twenties. The stock market is booming, newly liberated women have the vote, luxurious ocean liners are crossing the Atlantic, and aeroplanes, automobiles, radios, and telephones are transforming the world. Drawn by the cachet of Europe and pushed by Prohibition in the United States, the young Americans of the Lost Generation are flocking to Paris and other points in the old world. It’s the era of jazz, modernism, the Charleston, and flappers in daring clothing. It’s the period when the contemporary world is starting to develop. It is against this backdrop that a young American couple, Phil and the interestingly-named Sappho, arrive on the Greek island of Lesbos for a honeymoon. (Lesbos, of course, was the home of the original Sappho, the ancient Greek poetess whose sapphic erotic poems put the lesbian in Lesbos.) Sappho – the modern one – is the young and beautiful daughter of a millionaire, and a free spirit in all ways. Phil’s an artist looking for inspiration. On the island they meet Helena, daughter of a Russian emigrant archaeologist. She’s smart, beautiful, and uninhibited and – surprise! – she ends up in bed with Sappho, who has meanwhile become impressed by the erotic verse of her ancient poetess namesake. Needless to say, a love triangle develops. Sappho wants to live in a menage a trois with Helena and her husband. Then Phil and Helena fall in love, and eventually decide they can do without Sappho.Apparently the situation mirrors one described in the original Sappho’s famous poem about thwarted sexual desire. As our three lovers come to grips with their passions the present and the past merge together, and our modern Sappho commits an act which recalls the passionate death of the ancient poetess.


    FullCast & Crew

    Produced By:

    • Artur Novikov known as producer

    FullCast & Crew:

    • Avalon Barrie known as Sappho
    • Todd Soley known as Phil
    • Lyudmila Shiryaeva known as Helene
    • Bogdan Stupka known as Professor Orlov
    • Elissaios Vlachos known as Dionisios
    • Vassilis Psychogiopoulos known as Barber
    • Oksana Osipova known as Maria
    • Sergey Kosenko known as Christos
    • Anatoliy Semenov known as Tattoo-Artist
    • Alexander Leontaritis known as Voice over



    Supporting Department

    Makeup Department:
    • Lorraine Martin known as makeup artist




    Production Companies:

    • Yalta-Film


    • Luxor Entertainment (2008) (Russia) (all media)
    • Luxor Entertainment (2008) (Russia) (theatrical)
    • DV1 (2010) (Australia) (DVD)
    • Unicorn Entertainment International (2010) (Hong Kong) (DVD)



    Other Stuff

    Release Date:
    • Ukraine 29 February 2008 (limited)
    • Ukraine 5 March 2008
    • Russia 8 May 2008
    • Belarus 29 May 2008
    • Georgia 29 May 2008
    • Kazakhstan 29 May 2008



    Filmography links and data courtesy of The Internet Movie Database

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    1. faerieface77 from United States
      17 Sep 2012, 6:39 pm

      I couldn't watch this movie without cringing at the lead girl. Shereally was hard to watch. I felt like it was like playing dress up forher.

      This was apparently 1926 and I couldn't tell how old she was or what.She walked like Paris Hilton, Not Greta Garbo. She didn't seem to knowanything about how an upperclass girl acted in 26. Also, did she havean accent? did she not? I really hope I don't see any more of thisidiot.

      The lead actor though wasn't too bad. I felt like he really carried themovie for me.

      It was an OK movie over all. I won't watch it again. I can't bear theaudacious acting.

    2. Morgan from United States
      17 Sep 2012, 6:39 pm

      Horrible film. I would not recommend this to anyone. While a film isbeing developed its creators should be asking themselves "So what? Whocares?" and they should be able to answer that question in regards totheir movie. At the end of this I felt myself asking "So what? Whocares?" Which is incredibly bad.

      This film suffers from terrible acting, directing and writing, and itsseemingly only redeeming qualities are it locations and occasionallygood cinematography.

      Honestly, do not bother with this film. It's a glorified soft coreporn, and the porn isn't even very good.

    3. kkkkoooollll from United States
      17 Sep 2012, 6:39 pm

      An American couple goes to Greece for their honeymoon, and soon afterbefriends a smart and beautiful Russian girl, who feels lonely on theisland while her father does important archaeological work. You canprobably guess where the movie plot is going, but yet it is full ofsurprises and unexpected psychological twists and turns. Without givingany spoilers away, I would say that the plot would keep you on the edgeof your seat up until the very last scene (which I found shocking andsomewhat regrettable). I especially liked the dialogs, full of eloquentallusions – they were quite thoughtful and sophisticated. And last, butnot least – you get to see beautiful panoramic views of mesmerizingnature, sea, and shores as well as detailed scenes of town's life withits own cultural treasures and unique customs. And lots of tits and assas well :)

    4. from Ukraine
      17 Sep 2012, 6:39 pm

      A strange lyrical film, much like the ancient poetess's Sappho's ownpoetry. It has no violence, no car chases, no gunfights, and yet itmanages to be enthralling and unpredictable.

      I won't tell the story, except that it's about a boy and a girl whowants to be a boy and a girl, and it all gets complicated.

      Here in Ukraine it was a big commercial success – the biggest in thehistory of our film industry – and also there was a very big reactionagainst this movie from the church and anti-gays. It seems there aretwo reactions to this film, either you love it, or you hate it. You cansee that from the reactions here too.

      The acting lets the movie down a little bit, but only a little.

    5. from United States
      17 Sep 2012, 6:39 pm

      To be honest, I thought this movie was pretty terrible. It was slow andthe acting was terrible… especially from Sappho, played by AvalonBarrie. It seemed too forced, and was simply obnoxious.

      I guess if you want to see boobs and people, especially girls, ingeneral getting it on, then this movie is for you. But even then, Iwouldn't really recommend it, I'm sure there are other, better ways tosee those things.

      Allow me to summarize: So a couple on their honeymoon, a painter and a"free spirit" meet a young lonely Russian. The wife is drawn into alesbian relationship with the Russian and encourages her husband toalso love the woman. Then jealousy erupts and the husband and Russianseem to be in love, and the wife doesn't love the husband, but doeslove the Russian, who doesn't love her back, even though she corruptedher into being a lesbian in the first place. Concluded with a horribleending, by any means, disrespectful and in general just inappropriate.

      On the upside the view is beautiful throughout the film.

    6. chicagopoetry from United States
      17 Sep 2012, 6:39 pm

      This is a pretty cheesy soft-core flick about a love triangle betweentwo girls and a guy. Other than that, it is completely implausible,ridiculous, uninteresting, and unimportant. What is the moral of thestory, if you can call it a story? Lesbians are only lesbians whentheir men are away. What the . . . I wonder how many lesbians wouldagree with that. Any other guy in his right mind would divorce thissick woman in no time flat when she started acting like an insensitivefreak; sorry to say most guys would probably just slap the heck out ofher and be done with it, jail or no jail, and that probably would haveprevented a suicide at least. Why did she marry this poor sap if sheonly cared about herself? It doesn't matter that she's having an affairwith a woman, she just as well could be having an affair with a guy,what difference does it make. Hey guys, do you want your wife cheatingon you on your honeymoon? ICK. I know some people get into that wholeswinger thing, but that's just it, it's a choice. Doesn't seem likehubby has much of a choice here. He really doesn't want to get involvedwith the creepy Russian dingbat who is seducing his wife, but he playsalong with it helplessly in order to try to save his marriage, then thefreak offs herself, and he runs away with the Russian chick? This isworse than a soap opera. There are some beautifully shot scenes ofGreek islands, granted, but this movie isn't all that. Do Greek islandsturn people into a-holes? Doubt it. This movie is cheesy and dumb andboring and predictable and badly acted and the plot goes nowhere andthe dubbing is annoying. The only thing interesting in this movie isthat the lead looks, acts and talks just like a young Cameron Diaz, soit's kind of hot watching this Cameron look alike doing all graphiclesbian sex scenes. But… Since when do rocks not hurt the human body?There would be a lot of bruises after so many romps in the rocks. Whenthis screwy rich girl acting like trailer trash starts reciting poetrywe have to wonder who wrote this garbage. The animosity she showstoward her husband isn't nearly as boggling as why he puts up with it.And the ending, the ending . . .aaaaaaahhhhh!!!! WHAT A STUPID MOVIE.

    7. bozo2bozo2 from United States
      17 Sep 2012, 6:39 pm

      Yet another lesbian drama (set, of course, on the Isle of Lesbos) wherethe "transgression" of lesbianism is punished by the death of at leastone of them. The relative tedium of the movie is offset by the lovelyscenery (oh, and the island's pretty, too), along with the amusinglybad acting of, well, pretty much everyone. So, to sum up: lovely womengetting naked (good!); plot, acting, script, direction: bad!(Unfortunately, though, not bad enough to give it cult status.) I'd saythat if you were stuck on a desert (Greek) island with just one movie,and it were "Sappho" … oh, you poor thing. On the other hand, itmight help you pass those long, lonely nights (just fast forward.)

    8. gingertom007 from Russian Federation
      17 Sep 2012, 6:39 pm

      My girlfriend more or less dragged me to this movie in St. Petersburg,Russia. I was determined to hate it, and I ended up liking it. She'dgive it 10 stars, I know, but since this is really a chick flick forgirls who are still asking "who am I?", and I'm a guy who already knowswho he is, I'll give it eight stars. For the visuals and the music I'dgive it ten stars, and the script contains some great lines too, andthe actors are all good-looking eye candy – it's just a pity thatsometimes it feels that some emotion wasn't felt, just imitated.

      All in all, the movie's like a holiday from reality – beautifullandscapes, wonderful costumes, and 2 actresses who look as good withnothing on as with something on, superb music, and a strange story thatdrags you in and puts you in a trance. It was a real ugly shock to comeout of the cinema back to a gray and rainy city again.

    9. lina-beana from United States
      17 Sep 2012, 6:39 pm

      This is almost the exact storyline of Ernest Hemingway's The Garden ofEden. The acting in the movie Ernest Hemingway's Garden of Eden (2008)was better, though there were more girl/girl scenes in this one.

      I thought this was the better story, but the acting was strange. Thelead actor in"Sappho" was easily the best. If the rest of the cast hadbeen taken from Garden of Eden and put into this movie perhaps it wouldget 4 or 5 stars.

      Like I said, the story could have been good, but the acting wasmediocre and unlike Sappho and Phil, the chemistry between Helene andPhil was non-existent.

      This is more of a movie you would watch just to look at all the beautyin it. The actors, Avalon Barrie, the guy who played Phil, and thescenery–the island and all the cinematography.

      Not really a fan of the crazy lesbian commits suicide in a jealous ragestory. It's a bit overused, but at least some other movies act it outbetter.

      If you're going to watch this movie, you must also watch "ErnestHemingway's Garden of Eden" to laugh at the parallels and even verbatimquotes.

    10. ([email protected]) from United States
      17 Sep 2012, 6:39 pm

      Not the best, but certainly not the worst movie dealing with lesbianismthat I've ever seen. The acting was pretty poor, especially in thebeginning and it was wrought with clichés (especially the awfulcrazy/dead lesbian one). But, it did have it's moments. Thecinematography was absolutely gorgeous and I loved the soft colors.Sappho, played by Avalon Barrie, starts off as a very irritatingcharacter, but as you get further into the film, you start to realizethat she's like that because she's always repressed who she really wasand even when she's trying to break free of her old self, no one willtake her seriously. I admit that the end of the film where she isrejected by Helena made me feel really bad for her. The ideas in thisstory are good, I just felt as if they weren't executed well enough.

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