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7/10
An interesting character in an interesting story told through some good direction
sosmetallin12 February 2017
Eteros Ego is the story of Dimitris Lainis, a criminologist who is asked to help the police with the case of a serial killer who leaves behind quotes of Pythagoras. Rarely do we see a Greek movie like this one, but I won't go too soft on it just because of this fact. So, is Eteros Ego really worth your time?

Let's begin with the pros. Before watching, I was expecting a completely story-driven movie. However, I was happy to realize that the movie is not just about an intriguing criminal case and how it was solved, but also about how it affects our protagonist combined with some personal problems. In fact, it's more about the second one. And that wouldn't work unless Dimitris' character was so well- fleshed out. That's thanks to Pigmalion Dadakaridis's performance and careful direction which explains his character through visual details. What also kept me engaged was the sense of danger. It was clear that the killer was intelligent and careful, but the direction offered us some really intense scenes. The cinematography was also pretty good. Just by a few specific takes you can tell that a considerable amount of effort was put. I said I don't want to go too soft on it just because it's a Greek crime movie but I can't help being amazed by the Hollywood- level make-up. Major props to the make-up team! However, the movie has also a few weaknesses. The first complaint I have is related to the characters. While all the performances are generally OK or good, the problem comes from the script. At some points dialogue sounds unnatural, but, at least, it doesn't happen too much. My main problem is about the police lieutenant, who is clearly there just to ask the questions we the audience need to know. Apart from that he is kind of useless and the least interesting character. Finally, I found the ending somewhat forced. At first I was really surprised, but then I found myself not being so emotionally invested as I was hoping to.

Final verdict: Eteros Ego is actually worth your time. Even if you like the ending or not, Dimitris is an interesting character in an interesting story told through some good direction.
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8/10
A fine addition to detective genre films with a Greek twist
barbaralekatsas15 October 2017
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I liked the above review and want to add to it. I Just saw the film last night at the annual Greek Film Festival in New York City. I was wondering if the screenplay was based on a story written by someone else or if the director who wrote the screenplay was also the writer of the original story. Pygmalion Dadakaridis as Professor Dimitris Lainas gives a fine consistent performance as a detective on the side, in the manner of Father Brown, Grantchester (also a minister) or Dr. Blake (a medical doctor), he has the quirkiness of Poirot and Sherlock Holmes in his recoiling from physical human contact: in fact, I could see Professor Lainas as the vehicle for a weekly television series. I agree with the previous review that his own story and transformation is the more interesting part of the film but it is often the case with the detective genre.

The who-done-it is not difficult to figure out at the beginning of the film. The opening shot of the Pythagorian medallions give us the clue, as does the second flashback scene of the night that one of the victims (who we first saw as a child accepting the medallion from her grandfather with the dictum that it should be given to the person she loves most)is briefly seen in the bathroom mirror with her best friend on her birthday at a club, before the fatal accident, where she is killed and her fiancé maimed in a hit and run accident. If you are observant, you can see the two women wearing the matching pendants. Still the second flashback comes late in the film and you are kept guessing who this intellectual murderer leaving Pythagorian maxims for clues might be.

It takes too long to link the initial flashback of the earlier birthday party to the second flashback of the final birthday. We have to experience several graphically-depicted murders before we get the second flashback scene.

I guess this type of suspense (slowly-meted out information) has been around since Oedipus, but Sophocles has a perfect sense of pacing in the way he times his disclosures. The plot, however, is Sophoclean in its own right as the central character questions the limits of the law as a dispenser of justice. The Pythagorian quotes are among the best thing in the film. They are marvelous in their own right as meditations on justice and very creative. The key clue of Pythagoras' filial numbers as symbolic of friendship itself is ingenious. I agree that the actual detective on the case does nothing, but that is also a convention of detective dramas, think of Holmes and Lastrade.

Also. we are never told what happened to Professor Lainas' father, who is on life support throughout the film and who he finally allows to be taken off life support at the end of the film. It is hinted that there is a parallel to the other senseless hit and run accident, where justice was actually foiled by the law. There are Sherlock Holmes stories, where Holmes allows victim perpetrators to get away, as does Lainas in this case.

The story could have been improved by providing a bit more history of the murderer's relationship to her friend prior to the accident and certainly more concerning Lainas' attachment to his father, just enough to enable us to understand what drives the characters.

I thought the film got better as it went along and the questions raised by the Pythagorian maxims written by the criminal at the scene of the crimes became key questions for Detective Lainas concerning the problem of justice and the problem of a just universe. So on the whole, I thought it was a creative new addition to the detective genre, of which I am a fan.
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10/10
One of the best Greek Movies ever!!!
lerikosa9 January 2018
Title tells everything. One of the best Greek movies ever made, a great psychological thriller, with a fantastic performance from Pigmalion Dadakaridis, a young Greek actor that is Oscar worthy!!! Dont miss it!! Especially if you like movies with serial killers, this movie is for you. But it is so much more than hunting a serial killer, powerful emotions from start to the great ending!! A masterpiece!!!
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9/10
Do not pass or you will miss a rare film
folon2008-100-31930518 February 2018
A very emotional and rewarding film for those who manage to overcome a number of (rather needlessly included) graphic sequences. Stunning prelude, constant pace, top theater-quality acting of the main protagonists, interesting info of academic nature and an intriguing plot that acts as a showcase for human attitudes against issues such as coping with tragedy and death loss, the origin and act of god, the nature of friendship, duty, justice, love, social responsibility and others. I believe that this is were the main quality of the film lays in the sense that it calls for your answers to the above dilemmas unfolding before your eyes.

By watching this movie, not only will you not have wasted your time but rather, I dare say, you will have invested it well. You will have experienced "psychagogia" a term that, in Greek, means to lead ones soul (mind if you prefer) through paths that elevate its quality.
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9/10
Don't miss it
nevilakat16 September 2018
I don't review movies ever but I have to. This is one of the best movies I have seen this year. And don't mean only the Greek cinema. If you like a good psychological thriller with a good and surprisingly a story without plot holes you should watch this. The cinematography is beautiful. The story excellent. The lead actor gives a great performance. Don't miss this one.
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10/10
Greek cinema is still alive !!
panoscharalabidhs19 August 2018
One of the best greek movies !! Nice character development and good twist plot at the end. I really loved how the srcreenwriter relate the murders with the theory of Pythagoras. You should watch this movie !!
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9/10
Very good story!
dtsagkar23 April 2018
Very interesting scenario combined with solid filming!
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10/10
A great Film
yhwahuiaend23 October 2018
The best Greek movie and also a great Film !

The plot , the characters everything was just percent .
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9/10
Great movie
nictrianta16 June 2019
Regardless of the fact that is a Greek production is very good. Good scenario photography and direction and last but not least acting by Pygmalion and Mr kataloifos.i would expect and and the series to be as good however it was not as the same level
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9/10
The best Greek movie
jmspitbull26 January 2018
The best Greek movie The best Greek movie The best Greek movie ever
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6/10
Seven meets Da Vinci code in Greek fashion
silkotsimeth21 November 2018
A solid psychological thriller with good character crafting and intriguing storytelling. The storyline involves a forgotten incident and a serial killer, bringing also some math to he table. The main character, a shy, meticulous and thorough criminologist assisting the police in a series of murders, is portrayed masterfully by the low-key but intense acting of Pigmalion Dadakaridis. The Pythagorian numbers and math are very well explained in the succession of the story, which is particularly engaging. Technically and musically sound, the film's weakest moments come in the form of some "wooden" language used by the script and some clichés but which, in no way, define the final result. If you are looking for a gripping story and a solid cinematography, you'll enjoy watching this film.
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7/10
Great movie...
nionios9524 July 2019
Really great job from Sotiris....Amazing performance from Dadakaridis...One of the best greek movies.
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5/10
Mediocre
dstipanovic925 April 2019
Those who said that this is the best Greek movie of all time haven't seen many movies or are part of the film crew. Bad acting, far fetched script, don't waste time on this.
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7/10
Nice film for a Greek film in a genre populated by excellent work.
peripatitis-3339218 June 2019
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The movie had an interesting story, an excellent performance by the Dadakaridis, and everything else was a bit pedestrian. Nevertheless it is probably the best Greek film or series in that Genre so i'd say overall it was a very good effort.

Some things could have been better, most importantly imo the beggining and the end of the film. They feel completely wrong and rather misleading for what the film turns out to be. Especially with the ending I have no idea what they were thinking. SPOILERS: you have the main role pulling his father's plug, deciding between his job and his duty as paralleled with the murderer and instead you go with a flashback of two people we couldn't care less for an ending? Why?? It just felt completely wrong.

Anyway, let's hope there is more and better to come. Dadakaridis as Lainis, has enough juice for more films imo.

p.s what was the point of the friend or the car for that matter? None offered anything but confusion.
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