City Paper is not for tourists
Papadopoulos & Sons touches on financial ruin, strained family relations, a number of dead relatives, and references to genocide, but it is in fact a comedy, and a cheerful one at that. At the start, Harry Papadopoulos (Stephen Dillane), a Greek immigrant and widower, resides with his three children in a palatial English estate, the fruit of his successful restaurant empire. But all is not well—his kids don’t like him, and a financial crisis causes the banks to call in loans against Harry’s business. As the family’s assets are seized out from under them, it’s discovered that one old asset, a defunct fish-and-chips shop, can’t be repossessed because it’s co-owned by Harry’s estranged brother. Enter Spyros (Georges Corraface), the big-gestured, floppy-haired, floral shirt-donning brother who stands in sharp contrast to buttoned-up Harry. Spyros enchants Harry’s disaffected kids, and pretty soon he’s talked everyone into reopening the Three Brothers fish-and-chip shop and moving into the apartment above it. Nothing that follows in the next 90 minutes is particularly surprising, but the humor is frequent and unforced (the Greek jokes are kept to a minimum), and the drama unsentimental but satisfying. Like spending time with old relatives, the familiarity is the best part.