99 minutes, Greece, 2015, Digital, Subtitled

This film was released 22nd July 2016, and is no longer screening.

★★★★ – The Upcoming

A group of fishermen find their competitive natures amplified to absurd degrees in Athina Rachel Sangari’s Chevalier, the latest entry in the Greek New Wave, a movement which has already gifted the  world such modern classics as Yorgos Lanthimos’ Dogtooth (2009) and last year’s The Lobster.

On their way back to harbour at Athens, the six men kill time ribbing and quizzing one another; one night, buoyed up by the spirit of friendly rivalry they devise an elaborate game to determine who is ‘the best in general‘, as opposed to being a master of just one thing. All manner of abilities and attributes are evaluated, with points awarded or deducted based on criteria such as sleeping positions, baldness, and the speed with which one assembles Ikea furniture. Naturally it doesn’t take long before this testosterone-fuelled assessment of manhood reaches its logical conclusion. (Notes by David O’Mahony.)

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