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Ghost Of A Chance

Writer-director Vangelis Seitanidis makes a professional, if unnuanced, feature bow with "Ghost of a Chance," a light drama centered on a slick young gambler. Sometimes uneasy mixture of several elements -- love story, caper yarn, crims on the run, character piece -- is helped along by a good cast playing well-backgrounded characters.

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With: Emilios Heilakis, Maria Solomou, Spyros Stavrinidis, Mey Sevastopoulou, Stelios Hristoforidis, Mihalis Iatropoulos, Smaragda Karydi, Kostas Markopoulos.

Writer-director Vangelis Seitanidis makes a professional, if unnuanced, feature bow with “Ghost of a Chance,” a light drama centered on a slick young gambler. Sometimes uneasy mixture of several elements — love story, caper yarn, crims on the run, character piece — is helped along by a good cast playing well-backgrounded characters. This is solid fare for Euro cable slots.

Set in Loutraki, a tacky resort near Corinth, plot focuses on Takis (Emilios Heilakis), a student who lives to play the tables in a hotel casino, where he meets ornery old gambler Leon (Spyros Stavrinidis) and his daughter, aerobics teacher Vera (Maria Solomou). After Vera gets a job in the casino — to get her father barred, for his own good — she and Takis end up swindling the place out of a bundle and testing their relationship while hiding out. Veteran Stavrinidis acts everyone else off the screen as Leon, but his scenes with Heilakis, as the two very different men befriend each other, have a convincing warmth. As the no-nonsense gal in the middle, Solomou more than holds her own. Technically, pic is fine.

Ghost Of A Chance

Greece

Production: An Accelere Prods. production, in association with ERT, Vangelis Seitanidis, Opticom, Lexicon & Partners. (International sales: Greek Film Center, Athens.) Directed, written by Vangelis Seitanidis.

Crew: Camera (color), Alekos Yannaros; editor, Yorgos Triantafyllou; music, Fotini Baxevani, Dimitris Tsakas; art director, Sofia Zouberi. Reviewed at Berlin Intl. Film Festival (market), Feb. 10, 2002. Original title: Eonios fititis. Running time: 100 MIN.

With: With: Emilios Heilakis, Maria Solomou, Spyros Stavrinidis, Mey Sevastopoulou, Stelios Hristoforidis, Mihalis Iatropoulos, Smaragda Karydi, Kostas Markopoulos.

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