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Jerks (2011)

Kolopaida (original title)
A story that takes place in an empty Athens in August, during a 12-hour period, from 6 p.m to 6 a.m. Three friends, Phevos, Andreas and Savvas, stay up all night walking around the streets ... See full summary »

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Stelios Kammitsis
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Polyxeni Savva Polyxeni Savva
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Giorgos Amorginos Giorgos Amorginos ... Amerikanos
Dimitris Antoniou Dimitris Antoniou ... Eidikos Frouros #1
Giorgos Kafetzopoulos Giorgos Kafetzopoulos ... Phivos
Ioanna Kolliopoulou ... Fotini
Diogenis Skaltsas Diogenis Skaltsas ... Savvas
Drosos Skotis ... Fountas
Aggeliki Stelatou Aggeliki Stelatou ... Mitera tou Foivou
Mihalis Titopoulos Mihalis Titopoulos ... Eidikos Frouros #2
Aineias Tsamatis Aineias Tsamatis ... Andreas
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A story that takes place in an empty Athens in August, during a 12-hour period, from 6 p.m to 6 a.m. Three friends, Phevos, Andreas and Savvas, stay up all night walking around the streets of Exarchia, for what is their last night before they leave Athens for good and move to Berlin, just like they had agreed one year ago. During the evening, however, hidden aspects of their personalities are gradually revealed and they will face the most violent manifestation of power which will change their plans forever. Written by Anonymous

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Greece | Germany

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Greek

Release Date:

15 March 2012 (Greece) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Athens, Greece

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Occasionally touching but often disengaging.
24 November 2012 | by Jonathon_NatsisSee all my reviews

From beginning to end, Jerks plays out like one of the more romantic, plot-driven episodes of a popular modern sitcom. Think How I Met Your Mother, just set in Athens and with a splash of more sexually overt humour.

Phivos (Giorgos Kafetzopolous) is our Ted Mosby, unlucky in love and trying desperately to make the most of his stagnant life. Along with friends Savvas (Diogenis Skaltsas) and Andreas (Aineias Tsamatis), the trio spend the night walking the city streets together before their flight for Berlin the next morning. But a lot can happen in one night, much of which puts their long-awaited plan in serious jeopardy.

Virtually every facet of the film is competent and interesting on a basic level without being particularly memorable. The plot demands attention and the characters are well developed, albeit with a touch of predictability circling their motives. The humour is gentle but clever, while the realistic interplay between all three leads is a treat to watch.

However, director Stelios Kammitsis' ambition gets the better of him in the film's final moments, where a bloodrush climax feels out of place in a film that, up until that point, was grounded in reality and drew much of its appeal from its pragmatic storytelling.

The arguable highlight of Jerks rests in the film's visuals. Kammitsis employs subtle motifs and trick photography to convey polarising themes of contentment and loneliness respectively. His love of American cinema is prevalent, as classic footage, posters and T-shirts linger in the background of many scenes, encapsulating a mise en scene that gives off an almost autobiographical vibe.

The film's pros do outweigh its cons, and it earns recommendation if only for its whimsical, lighthearted and unique presentation of a very real issue.

*There's nothing I love more than a bit of feedback, good or bad. So drop me a line on jnatsis@iprimus.com.au and let me know what you thought of my review. If you're looking for a writer for your movie website or other publication, I'd also love to hear from you.*


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