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Chevalier review – onboard bragging rights

24 July 2016 12:00 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

A fishing trip soon turns in to a struggle for supremacy among six male friends in this Greek comedy

“Your syntax is shit. And your penis is very, very small.” This double-pronged attack on one man’s prowess, verbal and sexual, comes about two-thirds into this wry comedy from Greece. And it neatly sums up the kind of petty jostling for alpha male supremacy that is skewered brilliantly here by Athina Rachel Tsangari, director of Attenberg, associate producer of Dogtooth.

For a well-heeled group of six men on a fishing trip aboard a luxury yacht, everything is a competition, even before they decide to rate each other’s skills and personal attributes to determine who is “the best in general”. Dental hygiene, flatpack assembly skills, breakfast choices and more easily quantifiable attributes such as physical endowment: everything is scored in the small books that each man guards jealously.

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- Wendy Ide

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Movie Review – Chevalier (2016)

21 July 2016 1:35 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Chevalier, 2016.

Directed by Athina Rachel Tsangari.

Starring Makis Papadimitriou, Yorgos Pirpassopoulos, Sakis Rouvas, Panos Koronis, Vangelis Mourikis, Yiorgos Kendros.

Synopsis:

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.

The male ego – one of life’s little mysteries that is almost impossible to explain and decipher but for men, it’s everything. Power, credibility, likeability and everything in between comes from that dark corner of a man’s mind that they hope is the strongest of all. But such is the desire to have the biggest ego in town that any threat to it must be met with a stern hand, such is the nature of new film Chevalier.

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- Scott J. Davis

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Film Review: Chevalier

19 July 2016 6:27 AM, PDT | CineVue | See recent CineVue news »

★★★★☆ The famous Bechdel Test - taken from a 1985 comic strip by Alison Bechdel - has over the past few years become an ever more popular barometer to gauge the validity of a film's treatment of women. The new film from Athina Rachel Tsangari, Chevalier spectacularly fails the test by not actually featuring a single female character on screen and yet those interested in equality of gender representation in current cinema would be advised not to overlook it. Eschewing the more outlandish elements of 2010's Attenberg, this is a brilliantly contained and sublimely ridiculous send-up of competitive male egos from a refreshing female perspective.

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- CineVue UK

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Chevalier Review

18 July 2016 8:30 AM, PDT | HeyUGuys.co.uk | See recent HeyUGuys news »

Writer/director Athina Rachel Tsangari follows her 2010 feature Attenberg with this wry yet colourless study of an all male crew on an Aegean boat-ride back to Athens. Having exhausted their board game options, the yacht bound bunch become stricken with boredom so devise a game called “The Best at Everything”. The contest involves the crew […]

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- Daniel Goodwin

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Review: Chevalier, Men In Competition

26 May 2016 9:00 AM, PDT | Screen Anarchy | See recent Screen Anarchy news »

Greek director Athina Rachel Tsangari is seen as an important part of the current Greek "Weird Wave" of cinema. She produced several of Yorgos Lanthimos' films like Dogtooth, and he helped produce (and acted in) her previous film Attenberg. But there's something worth noting about that film: while Attenberg was unusual, it wasn't exactly "weird". It worked fine as a straight-faced drama, and though it contained some wry humor, it wasn't even all that absurd. Cue Tsangari's newest film Chevalier, of which the same thing can be said. Its main strength isn't so much that it is weird or absurd, but that it is all too believable: a group of men, on a holiday together, have themselves a dick-measuring contest to end all dick-measuring contests....

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Cannes: 'The Happiest Day in the Life of Olli Mäki' wins Un Certain Regard prize

21 May 2016 11:56 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Captain Fantastic’s Matt Ross wins director prize; animation The Red Turtle wins special prize.Scroll down for full list of winners

Finnish boxer drama The Happiest Day In The Life Of Olli Maki, directed by Juho Kuosmanen, has won the Un Certain Regard prize at the 69th Cannes Film Festival.

Review: The Happiest Day In The Life Of Olli Maki

After two Cinefondation-selected shorts, Kuosmanen has made his feature debut with this film inspired by the real life of Olli Maki, the first Finn to fight for the world championship in featherweight boxing, who is distracted by his first love on the day of the big fight.

Jarkko Lahti, Oona Airola and Eero Milonoff star in the black-and-white film, which shot on 16mm. B-Plan will release in Finland in September, with theatrical releases also secured for Germany, France and Denmark.

The Finland-Germany-Sweden co-production is produced by Aamu Film Company, One Two Films »

- michael.rosser@screendaily.com (Michael Rosser)

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Cannes Film Review: ‘The Stopover’

20 May 2016 12:40 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

There is surely no obvious halfway house between combat in the Middle East and domestic repose in small-town France. So if you’re going to pick one, it may as well as be the gaudily luxurious Mediterranean resort scene, the simultaneous tranquility and horror of which just about balance the scales. In “The Stopover,” the sensually rendered but tough-as-twine sophomore feature from sister duo Delphine and Muriel Coulin, a seaside decompression program for a horde of homebound French soldiers only winds up tightening the knots of tension between and within them — particularly for the squad’s female members, suddenly battling a surge of pent-up misogyny. As cuttingly observed as it is pristinely composed, the film marks a step up from the Coulins’ already considerable 2011 debut, “17 Girls.” Social and political topicality, meanwhile, should further encourage distributors to make a longer stay out of this “Stopover.”

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- Guy Lodge

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A Strange Competition Begins in U.S. Trailer For Athina Rachel Tsangari’s ‘Chevalier’

20 April 2016 8:14 AM, PDT | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

A few weeks after Yorgos LanthimosThe Lobster finally lands in the United States, it’s only fitting we get the next feature from Dogtooth and Alps producer Athina Rachel Tsangari. Following up Attenberg, her latest film is Chevalier, which follows a group of men at sea who attempt to one-up each other in various, increasingly dangerous games.

We said in our review, “From one of the earliest images of them — in a line, flaunting their catch from the sea — the film finds the group conducting virtually every variation on the dick-measuring contest. Unfortunately, this is why Chevalier is the kind of one-note, overly conceptual art film that says all it has to say within its first five minutes, but attempts to bury it with broad jabs at easy targets.”

Starring Yorgos Kentros, Panos Koronis, Vangelis Mourikis, Makis Papadimitriou, Yorgos Pirpassopoulos, Sakis Rouvas, Yiannis Drakopoulos, Nikos Orfanos, and Kostas Philippoglou, »

- Jordan Raup

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Jeonju to open with Chet Baker drama 'Born To Be Blue'

30 March 2016 11:27 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

The independent and alternative cinema showcase (Apr 28 - May 7) will have the world premiere of Choi Seung-ho’s controversial Spy Nation.

The 17th Jeonju International Film Festival (Jiff) has announced it will open with Robert Burdeau’s Born To Be Blue, starring Ethan Hawke as Chet Baker.

South Korea’s second largest film festival - focused on independent and alternative cinema - Jiff will close with the remastered version of Ryoo Seung-wan’s feature directorial debut Die Bad.

New Jiff festival director Lee Choong-jik said: “Ryoo Seung-wan’s film was in to the first edition of the Jeonju International Film Festival. It is now in its 17th edition and Ryoo Seung-wan has grown into a director who represents Korean cinema. Director Ryoo still has the independent film spirit, even when he’s making commercial films. That spirit is something we have in common. We’re reviving the 10-day festival’s Closing Film and expanding outdoor screenings, and it »

- hjnoh2007@gmail.com (Jean Noh)

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Joshua Reviews Athina Rachel Tsangari’s Chevalier [Piff 2016]

25 February 2016 11:00 AM, PST | CriterionCast | See recent CriterionCast news »

There are few narrative tropes seemingly less interesting in today’s film world than the “men behaving like children” subset of film comedy. Be it the Apatow suspended adolescence comedies or the vulgar auteurism (using the actual definition of both of those words and not the confoundingly ridiculous critical term) of Todd Phillips, cinema has become flooded with tales of men at their worst seeking some sort of redemption while never quite maturing in the process. That is, until director Athina Rachel Tsangari jumped into the fray.

While fellow Greek director Yorgos Lanthimos has garnered the majority of headlines out of the seemingly still young New Wave of Greek cinema, it has been Tsangari (who helped produce Lanthimos’ masterpiece, Dogtooth) who has brought to the screen some of the most exciting films out of Greece in ages. Debuting with the impossible-to-see The Slow Business Of Going, it took her roughly »

- Joshua Brunsting

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Rotterdam 2016 Review: Chevalier Shows The Ultimate Dick-measuring Contest

25 February 2016 5:00 AM, PST | Screen Anarchy | See recent Screen Anarchy news »

Greek director Athina Rachel Tsangari is seen as an important part of the current Greek "Weird Wave" of cinema. She produced several of Yorgos Lanthimos' films like Dogtooth, and he helped produce (and acted in) her previous film Attenberg. But there's something worth noting about that film: while Attenberg was unusual, it wasn't exactly "weird". It worked fine as a straight-faced drama, and though it contained some wry humor, it wasn't even all that absurd. Cue Tsangari's newest film Chevalier, of which the same thing can be said. Its main strength isn't so much that it is weird or absurd, but that it is all too believable: a group of men, on a holiday together, have themselves a dick-measuring contest to end all dick-measuring contests....

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Rotterdam 2016 Review: Chevalier Shows The Ultimate Dick-measuring Contest

25 February 2016 5:00 AM, PST | Screen Anarchy | See recent Screen Anarchy news »

Greek director Athina Rachel Tsangari is seen as an important part of the current Greek "Weird Wave" of cinema. She produced several of Yorgos Lanthimos' films like Dogtooth, and he helped produce (and acted in) her previous film Attenberg. But there's something worth noting about that film: while Attenberg was unusual, it wasn't exactly "weird". It worked fine as a straight-faced drama, and though it contained some wry humor, it wasn't even all that absurd. Cue Tsangari's newest film Chevalier, of which the same thing can be said. Its main strength isn't so much that it is weird or absurd, but that it is all too believable: a group of men, on a holiday together, have themselves a dick-measuring contest to end all dick-measuring contests....

[Read the whole post on twitchfilm.com...]

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