Rituals of manhood are supposedly torn apart in an ironically deconstructive gaze, one that funcions like a compendium of male competitiveness and drive for (pseudo) domination. The lilliputian men compete for IKEA-items construction skills, professional expertise, erection, diving, etc. With the exception of the opening scene, this is a cinematically lame, badly acted, and silly exercise in feminist fundamentalism.
With a very subtle treatment and cinematography, fine line absurdity and a sweet hint of homoeroticism, director manages to bring up a charming palette of human behavior, this time between six different midlife male personas, brilliantly casted. If you need a comedy that's smart, witty, relaxing and easily relatable pick this one.
Although Tsangari shows a very playful take on manhood and the burden of being an alpha male - taking us through a really funny trip (and game), at the same time she does not seem to know where to lead the plot. This is Chevalier: a well directed film that provokes with stunning images and delight us with a compelling cast. But when it comes to the climax, it's hushed and incomplete. I wanted more.
If you love dry humor, this is a good choice. It's funny because it's true. It's about how men communicate with each other through competition. It becomes even more difficult if it's your loved one. Of course it's a generalization, just as women's preferred method of communication is sharing. If you're at a party and a guy asks you where you went to school, it's because he wants you to ask him, so he can one-up you.
While I absolutely love the dramatic execution of this study on the idea of validation, competitiveness and ultimate self worth the film really falls down in the pacing. The many missed opportunities where variety in the level of humour and absurdity would otherwise have made for a riveting watch instead feel oddly detached and dull. 3 stars
O PENIS / there are many kinds of PENIS / PENIS gigantic / PENIS miniscule / PENIS that can erect / PENIS that can't erect / but know'st thou / PENIS / which has no flesh & blood / that PENIS is / in thy mind / thou compar'st physical PENIS / in public toilet / in public bath / to strangers / to intimate friends / but living in this world is / like comparing spiritual PENIS / PENIS comparison is / curse of living
Un filme que tiene una premisa interesante, pero que se desgasta con rapidez. Lo malo de "Chevalier" es que divide su único conflicto entre todos los miembros. Aquí los hombre compiten entre sí. Es un todo contra todos, mas no hay una tensión que sobresale del resto. Es como una reunión de medianoche que se agota a medida que los juegos (de competencia de egos) se van acabando.