Montreal Greek filmmaker Tony Asimakopoulos has finished shooting his new social documentary, Fortunate Son: A Love Story, which shows scenes focused on a Greek man’s daily life: his family’s migration, an affair, drug addiction, typical Greek yelling, and over-attentive mothering.
What ancient Greeks called catharsis is what the main character is searching for, to “clean up’” the psychological mess in his soul. “If Asimakopoulos can be reduced to a type, he might be called a macho immigrant mama’s boy (Mama’s Boy was the name of one of Asimakopoulos’ earlier short films.) The only son of a Greek worry-wart mother and a gentle, passive father, his struggle to assert his individuality led him on a youthful path of self-destruction, including heavy drinking and heroin addiction,” wrote The Globe and Mail.
Fortunate Son is an autobiographical documentary by the son of Greek immigrants living in Canada. After overcoming a severe drug problem, and motivated by a search for happiness with his new fiancee, Asimakopoulos turns his gaze on his complicated, painful relationship with his overbearing mother and ailing father, and the patterns of dysfunction they share.
Tony’s family is really nervous about his future, not only about his drug addiction but because he’s still single. He lives with his partner but they do not get married until the end of the film, when everyone is happy, and Tony makes another woman the center of his life. You can see the trailer in the link below: