“Ruben Östlund’s takedown of the super-rich that plays like Buñuel by
way of the Farrelly brothers.” - Time Out ★★★★
FROM THE DIRECTOR OF FORCE MAJEURE AND THE SQUARE, AND WINNER OF THIS
YEAR’S CANNES PALME D’OR….
Two-time Palme d’Or winner Ruben Östlund cements his position as
contemporary cinema’s leading satirist with this savagely funny tale of
class clashes and role reversals.
This outrageous comedy finds a rogues’ gallery of wealthy guests (from
business tycoons to heiresses) aboard a hyper-luxury yacht, whose
downtrodden staff – under the command of their captain and avowed
Marxist (Woody Harrelson) – must respond to their every belittling whim
in the hope of winning tips. Among the super-rich patrons are the
oh-so-beautiful couple Carl (Harris Dickinson) and Yaya (Charlbi Dean),
two models and social media influencers who have been invited on a free
trip to show off the kind of lavish lifestyle many could only dream of.
When the vessel is shipwrecked after a storm, the remaining passengers
and crew are left stranded on an island. Here, survival skills become
the new currency and hierarchical structures are upended, with the
ship’s toilet cleaner Abigail (Dolly De Leon) taking charge over the
moneyed elites, who are at a loss without their creature comforts. Fate
introduces a little equality among the survivors, with anarchic,
shocking and hilarious results.
After winning the Palme d’Or in 2017 for The Square, Östlund entered
that rare category of directors to win the prize twice with his latest
film. Just as he skewered family values in Force Majeure and the art
world in The Square, in his latest effort the filmmaker takes to task
the wealthiest of the wealthy, the social-media set and the treatment of
those whose service-industry jobs make them invisible, yet when the
world is turned upside down become indispensable. Triangle of Sadness is
further evidence of Östlund’s brilliant skewering of modern Western
society, its values and everything that those who profit from it hold