Loser Takes All | Chicago Reader

Loser Takes All

Hoping for one last score, a world-weary criminal (Yannis Angelakas) enlists three women—a hooker, a drunk, and a hostile ex-lover—to defraud a violent drug gang in this sluggish 2002 Greek noir by Nikos Nikolaidis. Unfortunately, any momentum generated as the morose antihero navigates an underworld of strip clubs and shady characters is vitiated by dreary folk-pop interludes that sound like Leonard Cohen on lithium. References to other movies, like a prominently displayed poster for White Heat, telegraph the climax of this nihilistic exercise, and the misogyny endemic to noir is particularly nasty here, which makes the leading man's inexplicable gallantry at the end ring hollow. In Greek with subtitles. 120 min.

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