Blackmail Boy (Oxygono) (2004)
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Critic Reviews for Blackmail Boy (Oxygono)
In definite need of a sea breeze to cool off its overheated characters, the Greek melodrama Blackmail Boy reaches for tragedy but settles for soap opera.
It's a mean-spirited exercise in stilted outrageousness.
There are moments of amusing melodrama, but for the most part, the action is too preposterous to take seriously, and too serious to be very much fun.
Toward the end, there's a delightful dream sequence, which shows that director-writers Michalis Reppas and Thanassis Papathanasiou aren't complete hacks. Perhaps they'll do better the next time out.
The Greek film Blackmail Boy has the feel of farce at times, but much of the time it just seems determined to shock.
The hysteria is relentless: shrieking, punching, puking, trigger pulling. Overheard bits of inane party chatter provide the only moments of levity; otherwise the theater of cruelty slogs on with no cathartic release.
Audience Reviews for Blackmail Boy (Oxygono)
Heavy duty dramatics and a sordid story but it's involving and the acting isn't bad if at times a bit over the top.
Greek Cinema is indeed not as conservative as thought, some off its subjects even Hollywood dare not touching. Like this one. The most wonderful parts off this flick was not about the homosexual liaison (Christos & Yiorgos) since which is no longer new today, but the scenes 3 women characters' (Christos' mother, Yiorgos' wife, Christos' older female lover) probing each other.
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