Beckett, the second feature film by Ferdinando Cito Filomarino is now streaming on Netflix. The film stars John David Washington as an American tourist that winds up going on the run in Greece after a tragic accident plunges him into a political conspiracy.
Washington plays the titular character that is in an unknown place to him and the physical and political landscape in Greece plays a large part in the film. Many viewers have wondered why the film doesn’t have subtitles for when characters speak Greek throughout the film, but that is actually so viewers will relate to Beckett even more.
“Absolutely [it was a creative decision not to have subtitles],” said director Ferdinando Cito Filomarino to ComingSoon. “The premise was to have a relatability with this character, somebody that you could almost feel like, what would I do when that situation, as opposed to the kind of superhuman, slightly elevated tone of other movies in this genre, I liked the idea of, of experiencing it together with him and that entailed both sort of discovering elements of the plot of what is happening to him alongside him and also not being able to decipher what’s what people are saying in Greek simply because he doesn’t speak Greek. And that definitely informed the subjective experience.”
So, no, it’s not a mistake, but a creative choice meant to immerse the viewer.
Beckett is streaming now on Netflix