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Triangle of Sadness (2022)

A celebrity model couple are invited on a luxury cruise for the uber-rich, helmed by an unhinged captain. What first appeared Instagrammable ends catastrophically, leaving the survivors stranded on a desert island and fighting for survival.
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Bianca Sbrocchi
November 7, 2022
3 / 5
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TIFF ‘22 Coverage: ‘Triangle of Sadness’

Regardless of how you interpret Ruben Östlund’s Triangle of Sadness, one thing is certain: it is wildly entertaining. It does touch on its thesis of socialism versus capitalism with flagrancy, but this film flies by in a series of flashes. Each installment is more gripping than the last, and the details of the story are built upon, layer by layer, ensuring they’ve left the most profound impact by the time the ending comes around. I truly believe that the less you know about the plot going into this film, the more fun it will be, so I’ll forego a synopsis.  The most substantial aspect of the film is its structure. The narrative is divided into three chapters which allow for the different themes, or actualizations of those themes, to emerge in entirely different settings. A perfect example is the debate on gender roles within relationships. Östlund plays with these ideas in fascinating ways in the first chapter of the film compared to the third. The leading couple, Carl and Yaya (Harris Dickinson and Charlbi Dean), are at the forefront of displaying how each conversation around wealth, privilege, class, and gender evolves. We can observe how their dynamics and values change under the different experiences of each setting, and how power changes hands depending on what currency is the most valuable at any given time.  The chapters achieve fluidity from one circumstance to another and cultivate unique spaces in which Östlund’s storytelling can meander while still building on the foundation of larger points. Every interaction seems like it could be isolated into its own little short film and still make sense but they are bound together by a strong cognitive thread to compose Triangle of Sadness as a complete vision. The film opens, for instance, with a series of interviews taking place at a modeling audition. This sequence holds incredible thematic significance, but we never see this setting or the majority of its cast members again. It is still one of the more memorable scenes and the humor that is integral to this film really shines here.
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A celebrity model couple are invited on a luxury cruise for the uber-rich, helmed by an unhinged captain. What first appeared Instagrammable ends catastrophically, leaving the survivors stranded on a desert island and fighting for survival.

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Genre:Comedy, Drama
Directed By:Ruben Östlund
Written By:Ruben Östlund
In Theaters:10/28/2022
Box Office:$15,100,000
Runtime:147 minutes
Studio:Canal+, DR, ARTE, Bac Films, BBC Film, Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg, Eurimages, Svenska Filminstitutet, Film i Väst, SVT, ZDF, Nordisk Film & TV Fond, SF Studios, Coproduction Office, BFI, Bord Cadre Films, Plattform Produktion, Ciné+, Piano, Essential Films, Sovereign Films, TRT, Heretic, Imperative Entertainment, Turkish Radio & Television, Svensk Filminspelning, 30WEST, The Danish Film Institute, MOIN Filmförderung Hamburg Schleswig-Holstein

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