A journalist and a photographer are sent to Greece by an overbearing and reactionary German TV Producer, Klaus Herzog, to do a piece on why Greeks are burning German flags. Requested to also bring back footage of windmills and donkeys, the pair catch a ferry to Crete, forget their work, and explore life instead.
Along the way, the duo meet colourful characters philosophising about life, love and everything inbetween. These are real people, not actors, who occur along the natural path of the main story.
The film exists on 4 levels. The central and most obvious story is the journey of the two anti-heroes. The path they take, though not explicitly stated, is the path to be found in Zorba the Greek.The other stories are wound into the central story.
The film is populist and has no stars in that sense that we are all stars....