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6.5
/10
444 Ratings

Chevalier

Greece, United Kingdom, 2015
Drama, Comedy

Synopsis

In the middle of the Aegean Sea, six men are returning from a winter fishing trip. When a mechanical problem leaves them trapped on their boat, they will kill their time playing a game they devise called Chevalier. At the end of the journey, the one who wins will be the best man.

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Chevalier Directed by Athina Rachel Tsangari
The film is basically a series of brilliantly clever sketches that play with notions of self-esteem. No matter how successful these men are in the outside world, there is always a kernel of doubt, that voice that says you are a failure, a fake. Chevalier weaponizes that voice and aims it at a group of middle-aged strivers, reducing them to their worst impulses.
December 13, 2016
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Despite Chevalier’s clear concern with gender, its skewering of masculinity is perhaps less important than its broader social satire. Beyond its interest in dick measuring as both metaphor and literal activity, the film uses the limited setting of the yacht to stage a dark, absurdist send-up of the pathologies of 21st-century selfhood.
July 08, 2016
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The general feel is of a Neil LaBute play pushed into the realm of lunacy. But Tsangari is much more interested in the absurdities of language and the quasi-ritual repetition of linguistic patterns that keep her characters bounded in, safe from the absolute explosion of primitive chaos that always threatens.
May 27, 2016
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