Directed by Athina Rachel Tsangari
In the middle of the Aegean Sea, six men on a fishing trip on a luxury yacht decide to play a game. During this game, things will be compared. Things will be measured. Songs will be butchered, and blood will be tested. Friends will become rivals and rivals will become hungry. But at the end of the journey, when the game is over, the man who wins will be the best man. And he will wear on his smallest finger the victory ring: the Chevalier.
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★★★★ review by Felix Hubble: Boy Donkey on Letterboxd
Festival highlight so far - super funny riff on toxic masculinity that doesn't revolve around assault/misogyny and instead focuses on the dumb and the petty. Highly recommend this.
★★★½ review by ZlatkoGR on Letterboxd
ήρθαν τα βότσαλα, έφυγαν τα βότσαλα. θα έρθουν άλλα βότσαλα. σε ανύποπτο χρόνο
★★★½ review by Tom Morton on Letterboxd
30 Countries 2017: Greece
I really enjoyed Athina Rachel Tsangari's previous film, Attenberg, but approached this one with caution as it seems to have had a more muted reaction. While I didn't think it succeeded on every level, it definitely worked well in the main area that a comedy film needs to: it made me laugh, frequently and quite loudly.
There's something about this surreal, deadpan style of humour that really appeals to me. The Greeks seem to do it particularly well (see also: Yorgos Lanthimos) but I'll take it in whichever language I can. In this case the scenario is a small yacht peopled entirely with over-competitive men. One thing leads to another and they eventually begin rating each other on everything they do, in order to decide who is best, and shall wear the Chevalier ring.
The challenges they set each other aren't really that important - they're rating each other all the time anyway, so really it's just an excuse for a few comedic set pieces, some of which are pretty inspired. I really enjoyed seeing the characters play off each other - they're introduced to us essentially as six strangers, but through the course of the film we get to find out their relationships to each other, which adds a little spice to their testosterone-packed competition.
I was a little disappointed with the result of the contest - it felt like there would be a twist in the result after certain events in the closing scenes, but alas it was not to be. Obviously my personal 'Chevalier' was Dimitris though, because he's amazing, and at the heart of several brilliant musical moments. Attenberg felt like an oddball comedy with a personal touch, and I missed that a little; I really love Athina Rachel Tsangari's sense of humour though, and that was enough for me to very much enjoy Chevalier.
★★★½ review by Keith Garrett on Letterboxd
Lol @ fragile masculinity
★★★★ review by manilazic on Letterboxd
Holidays can become boring. When you run out of silly games to play, you may have to raise the stakes to keep everyone entertained. This is how a gang of male friends cruising along the Greek coast in Chevalier comes to compete for the title of ‘best man.’ Every interaction becomes an act and a test, with notes taken and a mysterious rating system implemented. Director Athina Rachel Tsangari (Attenberg) also shows each participant in more intimate moments where doubts surface, revealing the difficulty of maintaining ideals of masculinity which no one can actually define. As they grow increasingly determined to win the competition, these complex characters concoct ever more absurd exercises, which prove dryly amusing but also surprisingly moving in their audacity and courage.
From my TIFF15 coverage for Film4: blog.film4.com/author/manuelalazicfilm4/
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