The Killing of a Sacred Deer (2017)

The Killing of a Sacred Deer
Director: Yorgos Lanthimos
Writer: Yorgos Lanthimos, Efthymis Filippou
Cast: Colin Farrell, Barry Keoghan, Nicole Kidman, Alicia Silverstone, Raffey Cassidy, Sunny Suljic, Bill Camp, Denise Dal Vera
Seen on: 24.1.2018

Steven (Colin Farrell) is a successful surgeon with a beautiful wife, Anna (Nicole Kidman) and two children, Bob (Sunny Suljic) and Kim (Raffey Cassidy). He’s also mentoring a young man, Martin (Barry Keoghan) who wants to be a doctor – an unusually intense relationship that seems to take over more and more of Steven’s life and brings Martin into Steven’s family.

The Killing of a Sacred Deer starts off strong, but once the actual story started, it began to lose me and started to drag. Nevertheless, it’s a very interesting film.

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Chevalier (2015)

Director: Athina Rachel Tsangari
Writer: Athina Rachel Tsangari, Efthymis Filippou
Cast: Giannis Drakopoulos, Kostas Filippoglou, Yiorgos Kendros, Panos Koronis, Vangelis Mourikis, Nikos Orphanos, Makis Papadimitriou, Yorgos Pirpassopoulos, Sakis Rouvas
Seen on: 17.5.2016

Six guys are on a rather luxurious fishing trip together. But the things they can do on the yacht when they’re not fishing are limited. When one of them proposes that they could play a game, the others are interested. After adaption of the original rules, they come up with the following: they will rate each other to find out who the best of them is, giving points for anything and everything they can come up with. And whoever has the most points, will win a trophy ring – the Chevalier. Soon that little bit of competition turns into a lot – and tensions keep rising.

Chevalier has an interesting concept and much potential to examine masculinity, especially regarding competitiveness. Unfortunately it turns out to be so incredibly boring that any points are lost.

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The Lobster (2015)

The Lobster
Director: Yorgos Lanthimos
Writer: Yorgos Lanthimos, Efthymis Filippou
Cast: Colin FarrellRachel Weisz, John C. ReillyBen Whishaw, Léa Seydoux, Michael Smiley, Olivia Colman, Ariane Labed, Angeliki Papoulia, Jessica BardenAshley Jensen
Seen on: 15.2.2015

David (Colin Farrell) was recently divorced. As a single person, he has to check into the Hotel and find a new suitable partner in 45 days. If he doesn’t, he will be turned into an animal – like his brother was turned into a dog – and if nobody is there to take him in, he will be set loose in the woods surrounding the Hotel. So David tries to find somebody who is like him, but that’s easier said than done.

My history with Lanthimos’ movies has been mixed so far but The Lobster might be his best film yet. It’s certainly his most accessible film, although it is still very, very weird and not easy to get into, and my personal favorite.

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Alpeis [Alps] (2011)

Director: Giorgos Lanthimos
Writer: Giorgos Lanthimos, Efthymis Filippou
Cast: Aggeliki Papoulia, Aris Servetalis, Johnny Vekris, Ariane Labed
Part of: Viennale

The Alps are a secret group of people who offer a special brand of grief councelling to people: they play the person who died for the family, after a lot of research, to try and help them with their acceptance. When the group takes on the case of a young girl who died, Monte Rosa (Aggeliki Papoulia), a nurse by day, starts to go completely off the rails and breaking all their rules.

Alpeis was completely different from what I expected. If I had made a movie with that plot, it would be a total comedy. But you can’t really get any more serious than Lanthimos with this film. I would have liked my version of the movie much better.

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