The Favourite (2018)

The Favourite
Director: Yorgos Lanthimos
Writer: Deborah Davis, Tony McNamara
Cast: Olivia Colman, Rachel Weisz, Emma Stone, Mark Gatiss, Nicholas Hoult
Part of: Viennale
Seen on: 4.11.2018
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Plot:
Abigail (Emma Stone) arrives at the court of Queen Anne (Olivia Colman), a distant relative of the queen and her new servant. But Anne is frail and it’s her confidante Lady Sarah (Rachel Weisz) who actually holds the reins to the country. Struggling for a place at court and a share of her power, Abigail tries to insinuate herself into Anne’s close circle, leading to a power struggle with Sarah.

The Favourite is an extremely funny film with an ending that doesn’t quite fit the rest in tone. I’m still undecided whether I liked that or not. But either way, the film is really entertaining.

The film poster showing Olivia Colman and Rachel Weisz standing in the back and Emma Stone sitting in the front with a sullen expression.
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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
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Plot:
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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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

Plot:
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)

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

Plot:
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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Kynodontas [Dogtooth] (2009)

Kynodontas is Giorgos Lanthimos‘ newest film, starring Aggeliki Papoulia, Mary Tsoni, Hristos Passalis, Anna Kalaitzidou, Michele Valley and Christos Stergioglou.

Plot:
Three siblings – two sisters (Aggeliki Papoulia and Mary Tsoni) and a brother (Hristos Passalis) – live with their parents (Michele Valley and Christos Stergioglou). Despite them being adults already, neither of the children has ever left the family home, the parents having told them that it is too dangerous for them to leave the garden. But when the father starts bringing home Christina (Anna Kalaitzidou) to take care of the son’s sexual needs, the introduction of such a foreign body starts disrupting the family routine.

Kynodontas is, on the one hand, a excellent film – well-acted, beautifully shot, interesting concept. On the other hand, it gets a little long and for me it was too weird to be really (emotionally) effective.

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Attenberg (2010)

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Attenberg is the newest film byAthina Rachel Tsangari, starring Ariane Labed, Giorgos Lanthimos, Vangelis Mourikis and Evangelia Randou.

Plot:
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.

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