On her birthday, 11-year-old Angeliki jumps off the balcony to her death with a smile on her face. An investigation is started as to the reason for this apparent suicide, but the family keeps insisting that it was an accident.

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Reni Pittaki ...
Mother
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Eleni
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Myrto
Kalliopi Zontanou ...
Alkmini
Constantinos Athanasiades ...
Philippos (as Konstantinos Athanasiades)
Chloe Bolota ...
Angeliki
Maria Skoula ...
Social Welfare Employee
Giorgos Gerontidakis-Sempetadelis ...
Police Officer (as Giorgos Gerontidakis)
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School Teacher
Anna Koutsaftiki ...
Neighbour
Rafika Chawishe ...
Civil Status Worker
Stefanos Kosmidis ...
Company Executive
Christos Loulis ...
Man in Public Toilettes
Martha Bouziouri ...
Gynecologist
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It's Angeliki's 11th birthday celebration, and a well-organised party is held in her honour. Everything is in order, and all the ingredients of a usual birthday party are there. A nice fest, a big cake, music, dance, a caring grandfather's embrace... a truly loving family environment. But is it real, or is this an elaborate facade? As we witness a devastating act of despair, we understand that something lies underneath. The story advances, and we slowly get lured into a web of hideous secrets, while gradually getting ourselves dragged into a downward spiral of lies and deceptive appearances. When we unwillingly unravel the mysteries kept behind closed doors, in reality, we plunge into the depths of the human soul and the unfathomable secrets within. Written by Nick Riganas

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Father: Next time smile more. Otherwise they won't even screw you for 30 euros.
Myrto: You didn't pay.
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As the mystery unravels, the tension increases.
4 October 2013 | by (Vancouver BC) – See all my reviews

Of the 40 or so films I have seen so far at the Vancouver International Film Festival, this is the best. No. Wait. It is the best film I have ever seen. In the opening scene, Angeliki calmly leaves her eleventh birthday party, steps over the balcony of her family's Athens apartment and drops to her death. The reason for her suicide drives the rest of the film. Of course, your first guess is that she is being sexually abused, probably by her grandfather, the only man in a family consisting of two women, one teenage girl (besides Angeliki), a 10-year-old boy and an eight-year-old girl. But not so fast. The grandfather, brilliantly played by Themis Panou, overcomes his embarrassment over his grand-daughter's death and leads the way in helping social services uncover the dark secrets of his family. And under the skillful direction of Alexandros Avranas, who also co-wrote the script, as the secrets are revealed, so the tension increases. But suspend your suspicions until the last ten minutes -- they may surprise you. Great acting by all the cast. I am reluctant to paste the cliché "riveting' to any film. Except for this one.


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