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Blackmail Boy (2005)

Nena Menti , Maria Kavoyianni , Michalis Reppas , Thanasis Papathanasiou  |  Unrated |  DVD
3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Nena Menti, Maria Kavoyianni, Akilas Karazisis, Joys Evidi, Alexis Georgoulis
  • Directors: Michalis Reppas, Thanasis Papathanasiou
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: Greek (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo), Greek (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.66:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Picture This
  • DVD Release Date: December 14, 2010
  • Run Time: 100 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000E6EHNQ
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #327,052 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Blackmail Boy" on IMDb

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Studio: Breaking Glass Pictures Release Date: 02/14/2012 Run time: 100 minutes

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars "It's not very artistic, but it does the trick," April 2, 2006
By A Customer
Blackmail, murder, infidelity, subversive desire, it plays out just like a Greek tragedy, and who better to make a film about these subjects than the Greeks! The critics ravaged this melodrama when it came out the end of last year, but I must confess that kind of enjoyed it. Of course, not once is the film remotely realistic, and Michalis Reppas and Thansassis Papathanasiou's film is often crude and trite, but this totally over-the-top story is never dull and young Greek actor Yannis Tsimitselis provides some great eye candy.

When he was a boy a car accident left Christos's sister dead and his comatose father dependent on a respirator for the rest of his life. Now his father serves as something of a Greek chorus observing his money-starved family self-destruct from his corner of the house: his wife Magda (Nena Mendi) is not only sleeping with their tightfisted daughter's husband, Stelios (Alexis Georgoulis), but also appears to be conspiring with him to steal money and land away from a local businessman Giorgos (Akyllas Karazisis).

When Christos (Tsimitselis), walks into a room everyone notices him, he's a sulky pretty boy who works in the bakery belonging to Magda and zips around his provincial town on a motorcycle. He needs to move fast because he's juggling affairs with Fay, a pretty dance instructor, Gia (Joyce Evidi), a fixated older divorcée, and the manipulative Giorgos, who has a wife and two sons, but is actually closeted.

Christos can't keep the hectic pace up for long, and it eventually all comes to a climax, there's a complex web of sexual liaisons and real estate finagling, with a payoff that comes as a shock when the real blackmailer is finally revealed.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Thanasis Papathanasiou and Michalis Reppas serve the double capacities as writers and directors of this Greek film that places a contemporary Greek family on the stage of ancient Greek tragedies, even to the point of parallels between the characters and Greek tragedy roles! Though the story is complex and meanders a bit too much to follow with ease, it does make a powerful statement about families torn apart by death, greed, and all manner of sexual disloyalties.

The family consists of mother Magda who owns important land coveted by entrepreneurs and who runs a bakery while caring for her wholly invalid husband injured in a car crash that killed her daughter; a money-conscious daughter married to Stelios, an earthy stud of a man with whom Magda is having an affair; the silent near comatose father who sits observing the tragedy like a wordless Greek chorus; and Christos, the hunky son who is bisexual and sleeping with a young girlfriend and an older woman and an older bisexual male city official Yiorgos who is married with children and is in charge of the city planning, his chief project involves the land Magda owns.

The plot is convoluted but basically boils down to the development of a blackmail plan that will gain money for the land the family owns. The blackmail plan involves Christos' affair with Yiorgos in which videotapes are made of Christos' assignations with Yiorgos. The lives of all the characters are altered once the greed consumes them and there are discoveries, a death, betrayals, twists and feuds that end in a surprising manner.

The cast is strong, especially Yannis Tsimitselis as Christos, Nena Menti as Magda, Akilas Karazisis as Yiorgos, and Alexis Georgoulis as Stelios, with all of the supporting roles well cast.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars the itch you can't scratch May 27, 2006
By Terran
i only give it 3 stars because it's a disappointing film. It tries so hard to achieve major Greek tragedy proportions that it becomes comical, yet I don't think that was ever the intention of the filmmaker. Actually, the casting is very good in the film, the matriarch who is having an affair with the son-in-law she despises is sexier than her daughter (europeans value older women) who is a true drudge. But the son-in-law isn't as good-looking as those on-screen seem to think he is, and he's a one-note brute, making his character not so interesting. the young man juggling various sexual commitments is interesting and physically suited to the role, but we don't get to see enough of his motivations to know why he's living the way he is. We're presented with a 'Christos' day-in-the-life and ultimately don't care. Truth is, the film needed to be much longer, and take in a greater time period, to cover all the characters in better than thumb-nail sketches. And there are coincidences and even character contradictions that we're expected not to question, even though the characters are presented to us as one-note. So we're not presented with enough depth of character of these characters to take their reactions/actions as true. The irony is, with all the implied sex in the film, and the film's trailer promotes this as a 'gay' film, the trailer is much hotter than the irritatingly borderline film itself. Actually, there's no real sex in the film between the male characters, at least none we see: not even a kiss. Though there is a suggested M/M rape scene that is matter-of-fact. Read more ›
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