Alex (Elena Mandalis) comes to pick up Vicki (Dora Kaskanis) from home, after a big party the night before. Vicki’s father (George Harlem) tells his daughter to tie her hair back and close her jacket. It’s clear that she’s afraid of him. Alex and Vicki go to the abandoned trains, where they can smoke and talk. Vicki urges Alex to give up her virginity. She doesn’t understand her friend’s reluctance.
The Greek family scenes in Kokkinos’s early films – this one and Head On – have a continuity. Both of the young actors here appear in Head On, but so does the woman playing Vicki’s mother. Eugenia Fragos plays the mother of Ari, the young bisexual man played by Alex Dimitriades in Head On. Both families also have a domineering father, and a lot of family conflict. The menace of the father in Only the Brave is very clear in the way he speaks to Vicki and the way she reacts. We don’t know yet that he’s her abuser, but it’s less surprising when we find out. Kokkinos makes good use of unusual locations in the film, and some of the shots show a clear European influence. The scene of the two girls walking between trains evokes Italian and French cinema of the 1960s. Dora Kaskanis, who plays Vicki, has the sharp, sullen beauty of a young Anna Magnani in this scene.