The Field Guide to Evil collects eight different segments from eight different countries that all build from a local legend. As usual with anthology films, Field Guide to Evil is a mixed bag of beans. There are some very good segments, but also some that didn’t really work for me. But I would say, it’s worth seeing because the good parts are really very good.
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.
Marina (Ariane Labed) is 23, lives with her father Spyros (Vangelis Mourikis) with whom she shares a fascination for Attenborough nature documentaries and spends most of her time with her best friend Bella (Evangelia Randou). Unfortunately, Spyros is dying and Marina has a hard time coming to terms with that, while at the same time she finally makes the first attempts to explore her sexuality, mostly with an engineer (Giorgos Lanthimos) she’s the cab driver for.
Attenberg was described as a musical without singing in the programme and I thought that sounded very nice and expected a lighthearted, up-beat little movie. Attenberg is neither of this things. Instead it’s mostly uncoordinated and pretty boring.