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Black Milk

A pampered young writer who's sold out to a big-time publisher begins to feel his life spinning out of control in this disastrous 1999 attempt at social satire from Greek director Nicholas Triandafyllidis. Most of the humor is aimed at the celebrity-craving mass media, but the director's timing is so bad and the situations so phony that few of the jabs connect (one demented gag has the writer's mother dying from too much espresso). The bewildering melange of setups, including sappy musical interludes and Felliniesque parties, ultimately overwhelms the protagonist's longing for his lost innocence, and as a cheap plot mechanism Triandafyllidis gives him the magical ability to transport himself out of unpleasant situations, which should provoke envy on the part of anyone stuck watching the film. 101 min.

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