‘Blackmail Boy’


The House of Atreus meets Honcho in this overcooked tale of greed, violence, deception, and Greek love. In a small town outside Athens, petulant 20-year-old hunk Christos (Yannis Tsimitselis) beds his slatternly next-door neighbor, his niece’s pretty ballet teacher, and Yiorgos (Akyllas Karazisis), a respected middle-aged family man and land developer prone to spoiling the young stud with yellow Triumph motorcycles. Christos repays the kindness by going in on a scheme with his brother-in-law (who’s sleeping with Christos’s mama) to blackmail Yiorgos for his same-sexing so that the real estate tycoon will relinquish a plot of land to Christos and his venal clan. 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. Curiously, Blackmail Boy‘s alternate title is Oxygen—and by film’s end, you’ll be gasping for it.

This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on November 8, 2005

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