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J.A.C.E. (2011)

 |  Drama  |  8 November 2012 (Greece)
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Twice-orphaned Jace, a seven-year-old Albanian of Greek origin, witnesses a massacre that wipes out his entire foster family in Argyrokastron, and then falls in the hands of a bunch of ... See full summary »

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Cast

Credited cast:
Alban Ukaj ...
Jace
Stefania Goulioti ...
Maria
Argyris Xafis ...
Angelos Karras
Ieronymos Kaletsanos ...
Antonio
Minas Hatzisavvas ...
Officer Dimitriou
Kora Karvouni ...
Alma
Akilas Karazisis ...
Dr. Markos Kruger
Yannis Tsortekis ...
Thomas Tepelenis
Diogo Infante ...
Nikolas
Christos Loulis ...
Father
Franco Trevisi ...
Andrei
Kostas Berikopoulos ...
Officer Banias
Soma Badekas ...
Jace - Child
Giorgos Mellos ...
Jace - Teenager
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Labros Filippou ...
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Twice-orphaned Jace, a seven-year-old Albanian of Greek origin, witnesses a massacre that wipes out his entire foster family in Argyrokastron, and then falls in the hands of a bunch of ruthless gangsters who "export" children abroad for various profitable reasons (ranging from beggary to organ trade). Jace ends up in Athens, Greece, begging at street corners, exploring the secret horrors of brutal institutions for young offenders or, much later, serving obscure patrons, in an underworld where violent loss seems to be his only destiny. The movie follows Jace's inverted Odyssey in a dark universe of abuse, murder and fear, as he desperately (and silently) seeks for a "family" of his own or, at least, for a sense of belonging. Written by Menelaos Karamaghiolis

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Not an action movie you would watch twice
19 April 2014 | by (Athens) – See all my reviews

Finally a decent Greek action movie. Taking into consideration the standards of Greek cinematography this is one of the biggest productions ever. The huge effort committed to this film is more than apparent, especially to Greek viewers who are educated not to expect much. Sadly the end result is not as rewarding. Both the story line and the film duration are way too long for an action movie. You would digest this more easily in films with excellent photography, journeys and landscape variety or characters who deliver in their role. Acting however varies from simply OK to poor and that is the weakest point of this film. Exaggeration reigns throughout the whole film and there is a downpour of clichés and bullets. Not one actor does stand out from the crowd and the protagonist is clearly unable to overcome the special restrictions of the hero he was called upon to portray. Moreover the film is not seamless. There is a rather unnecessary and awkward division into chapters, an indirect declaration of difficulty with handling the bulk of the story. In conclusion, J.A.C.E. kept me entertained for 2&1/2 hours but clearly lacks of a quality that makes one want to watch it twice. Fortunately many Greek films do have this quality but are not of the genre "action movie".


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