Triangle of Sorrow (2022) – Film Review: Awfully sharp in all its rawness : Post Movie

Triangle of Sorrow is a 2022 comedy film written and directed by Ruben Ostlund starring Harris Dickinson, Charles Dean, Woody Harrelson and Zlatko Buric. The film won the Golden Palm on Cannes Film Festival 2022.

In this interesting and humorous film, which does not shy away from commenting on human stupidity and social norms, hierarchies are reversed, norms are questioned.

Premise

Carl and Yaya, a fashion star couple and influencers, are invited on a luxury yacht cruise exclusively for the top 0.9% of the wealth hierarchy. On board, they will meet some interesting characters: Dimitry, a Russian oligarch, and his wife Vera, elderly British couple Clementine and Winston, an arms dealer, and reclusive tech billionaire Jarmo. At the head of the crew and the yacht is the rather unbalanced Captain Smith. What initially appears instagramable ends catastrophically, leaving the survivors stranded on a deserted island and struggling to survive.

Triangle of Sorrow
Triangle of Sorrow (2022)

Film Review

Do you know people who, wanting to pretend to be stupid, can’t disguise themselves? Well, that’s exactly what the Triangle of Sorrow touches on, no matter how vulgar, glorious, or extremist the situations may be portrayed. It’s this play of opposites that makes this movie wildly balanced.

Triangle of Sorrow is a very smart satire of how stupid we all are if we’re stripped of a multi-million dollar fortune, without followers or whatever, and given the circumstances, we might as well have fun outside of… everything.

A film that pretends to be as transcendental as it is insignificant, while at the same time being silly and missing the script itself or the scene itself at times. With a hint of surrealism and constant blinking, knowing all too well how to laugh at seemingly high and cultured cinema with satire, thus taking the form of the aforementioned satire with a powerful scalpel of characters thrown overboard into the abyss of surrealism.

It’s a film that captivates you with its distinctive style and that knows how to take you into its own territory at all times. It’s a fun movie that knows how to play, and in the end, like any good player, it wins a game where the viewer knew all along that he was going to lose.

There are some great scenes and memorable dialogue, like the dining room scene where only the captain (Woody Harrelson) and the oligarch (Zlatko Burić) are the few remaining “standing” in the midst of the storm, exchanging quotes from both prominent capitalists and communists. Or Carl (brilliantly played by Harris Dickinson) taking advantage of his former romantic relationship neurotics-dynamics with Abigail (so well interpreted by Dolly de Leon).

A film that has it all, a great script, acting performances, a sharp approach to comedy

Brilliant, different, fun and substantive.

Triangle of Sorrow
Triangle of Sorrow (2022)

Other reviews

“The thing about Östlund is that it makes you laugh, but it also makes you think. There is meticulous precision in the way he constructs, blocks and performs the scenes.”

Peter Debruge: Diversity

“Incredibly funny (…) it’s also the perfect comedy for our time (…) For most of the film, the combination of a sledgehammer and a scalpel in Östlund works brilliantly”

Phil de Semlyen: The end of time

Director

Ruben Ostlund

Ruben Ostlund

Ruben Östlund is a Swedish filmmaker. Born April 13, 1974 in Gothenburg, Sweden. He was honored with the Palme d’Or twice, first for The Square (2017) and in 2022 for The Triangle of Sorrow. Other films in his filmography include The Guitar Mongoloid (2004), Involuntary (2008) and Play (2011), Force Majeure (2014) and the short Incident by a Bank (2011), which received the Golden Bear for Best Short Film at the 60th International Berlin Film Festival. Östlund is married to fashion photographer Sina Görcz.

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Triangle of Sorrow (2022)

Triangle of Sorrow

Title of the movie: Triangle of Sorrow

Movie description: Carl and Yaya, a fashion star couple and influencers, are invited on a luxury yacht cruise exclusively for the top 0.9% of the wealth hierarchy. On board, they will meet some interesting characters: Dimitry, a Russian oligarch, and his wife Vera, elderly British couple Clementine and Winston, an arms dealer, and reclusive tech billionaire Jarmo. At the head of the crew and the yacht is the rather unbalanced Captain Smith. What initially seems unbearable ends in disaster, leaving the survivors stranded on a deserted island and struggling to survive.

Date of publication: November 23, 2022

Country: Sweden

Duration: 2h 27m

Author: Marcin Cid

Director(s): Ruben Ostlund

Actor(s): Harris Dickinson, Charlbi Dean, Zlatko Buric, Dolly De Leon, Woody Harrelson, Vicki Berlin, Henrik Dorsin, Sunnyi Melles

Genre: Comedy-drama

Our opinion

A comedy of the absurd and the grotesque that manages to capture it in an intelligent, alluring and deceptively rational way.

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