Blackmail Boy

MICHALIS REPPAS, THANASIS PAPATHANASIOU

Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB. 

Original title:  Oxygono

Greece2003.  Mega Channel, FilmNet, Greek Film Center, Graal, Odeon, Safe Company.  Screenplay by Thanasis Papathanasiou, Michalis Reppas.  Cinematography by .  Produced by . Music by .  Production Design by .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by .  

A freak car accident that permanently cripples a father and kills one of three children wreaks havoc on the lives of surviving members of the family in this Greek melodrama. Years later, Magda initiates a real-estate nightmare when a property that is meant for her eldest, married daughter Yiota is in the position to be redeveloped. Greedy son-in-law Stelios does his best to make sure things go his way by blackmailing a city official with whom Yiota’s younger brother Christos is having an affair.  Naughty sexual behaviour is pretty much a staple of this Almodovaresque film, along with the characters’ colloquial potty language, and while its abrupt ending keeps it from being great, it is involving and the characters strangely appealing.

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