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Testosterone

A horny young sailor stuck on an island full of equally horny women discovers heaven ain't what it used to be in "Testosterone," an entertaining light comedy that falls apart in its third act. Well-cast ensembler starts out as an ironic sex comedy, but has no idea how to resolve its plot, settling instead for surreal knockabout humor.

A correction was made to this review on Feb. 3, 2005.

A horny young sailor stuck on an island full of equally horny women discovers heaven ain’t what it used to be in “Testosterone,” an entertaining light comedy that falls apart in its third act. Well-cast ensembler starts out as an ironic sex comedy, with a range of offbeat and lusty performances, but has no idea how to resolve its plot, settling instead for surreal knockabout humor.

Petros (Dimitris Liakopoulos) briefly visits his native island to borrow his late grandfather’s VW Beetle for some R&R back on the mainland. However, while staying with his eccentric, free-thinking aunt, he becomes distracted by one beautiful and available woman after another, including: a neighbor’s daughter, his photographer sister’s two models, his aunt’s maid, and a foreign chick on a motorbike. Trapped on the island by his own hormones, Petros gets suspicious when even his sister starts making moves on him, and also notices he hasn’t seen a single man on the island since he arrived. One-time d.p., vet Yorgos Panoussopoulos (“Athens Blues,” 2001) makes good use of the Naxos locations, and pic moves at a clip before toppling over the edge.

Testosterone

Greece

  • Production: A Graal, Greek Film Centre, Nova production. (International sales: Greek Film Centre, Athens.) Produced by Katerina Ikonomou. Directed by Yorgos Panoussopoulos. Screenplay, Auguste Corteau, Panoussopoulos.
  • Crew: Camera (color), Simos Sarketzis; editor, Panos Daoultzis; music, Corteau; art director, Nikos Politis; costumes, Despina Himona. Reviewed at Thessaloniki Film Festival (Greek Films 2004), Nov. 23, 2004. Running time: 96 MIN.
  • With: <b>With:</b> Dimitris Liakopoulos, Natalia Dragoumi, Dimitra Matsouka, Maria Zorba, Kaiti Papanika, Kerasia Samara, Tatiana Papamoschou, Alkis Panayotidis, Betty Livanou, Gisela Dali.
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