Triangle of Sadness

When you have the chance to watch La Palme D’Or in Cannes only multiple steps away from the famous theatre where it premiered, you drop everything and go.

When up and coming model Carl (Harris Dickinson) and influencer Yaya (Charlbi Dean) are invited to join a luxury cruise filled with millionaires and billionaires, they are thrust into a life they never knew was possible. What started as an Instagrammer’s dream come true quickly changes when a fatal storm leaves the passengers stranded on a deserted island.

This is certainly one of the most interesting films I have seen this year. The satire directed by Ruben Östlund perfectly encapsulates what the world is like in 2022. Everything was so dead on that I found myself nodding along throughout and cringing at those moments that I would rather we forget.

The way in which social hierarchies are depicted here was really well done. At the beginning of the film, Carl and Yaya are hoping to break into the world of glamour. This shifts when they board the yacht and realize that the level of opulence displayed by the fellow guests is unlike anything they’ve ever known. All bets are off after the storm as everyone, rich and middle class alike, have to fend for themselves and will do whatever they can to make that happen.

What makes the movie work so well is the colorful cast of characters. Our two leads are full of flaws and not very likeable, but Dickinson and Dean have great chemistry that make it work. Dean in particular was absolutely lovely; I kept forgetting that she passed away in August. From the Russian and his family (Zlatko Buric, Sunnnyi Melles and Carolina Gynning) to the Brits (Amanda Walker and Oliver Ford Davies) and the bachelor (Henrik Dorsin), there was never a dull moment when they were on screen. I only wish we’d had the chance to learn more about some of them. Then there was the crew led by Paula (Vicki Berlin), housekeeper Abigail (Dolly De Leon) and the alcoholic captain Thomas (Woody Harrelson) who rounded it all out perfectly.

Triangle of Sadness, or Sans Filtre, was one of the biggest surprises to come out of the year for me. Very telling of our time and with outrageous scenes that were sometimes a smidge too long, I would happily watch this movie again in the future. It was unlike anything I had ever seen before, but I mean that in the best way possible.

Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥

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