Five years ago, I attended a midnight sneak preview of Soul Kicking during Thessaloniki Film Festival. More than half the audience left before the film finished. Some were shocked by the raw physical and psychological violence in the story, while others were disgusted with the excessive use of foul language. The film proved to be prophetic, with writer/director Yannis Economides depicting accurately the tension and despair that dominate the lives of today’s middle and working class Greeks. Sometimes I wonder what happened to all those shocked and disgusted people who left the screening, unable to witness the cruelty of their own future. Maybe they got lucky enough to avoid waking up in a nightmare. Or maybe not.