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Chevalier (2016)



Critic Consensus: Chevalier uses a simple fishing trip as the backdrop for a slow-building, queasily compelling look at the modern male dynamic.

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In the middle of the Aegean Sea, on a luxury yacht, six men on a fishing trip decide to play a game. During this game, things will be compared, measured and blood will be tested. Friends will become rivals, but at the end of the voyage, when the game is over, the winner will wear the victorious signet ring: the "Chevalier".

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Critic Reviews for Chevalier

All Critics (73) | Top Critics (17)

Men! We're awful, aren't we?

July 18, 2016 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

The film is impeccably shot - and composer Marilena Orfanou's electronic score vividly suggests a ticking testosterone time bomb. On your mark. Get set. Go see it.

June 9, 2016 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

Tsangari gives us an entertaining catalog of the ways males in packs jockey for position, mainly a comic spectacle, but not without moments of menace.

June 9, 2016 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Consider it the Decathlon of Dude Bros

June 3, 2016 | Rating: B | Full Review…
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Scene by scene, it builds a vision of group dynamics as calm, violent and finally unyielding as the sea.

June 2, 2016 | Full Review…

The most droll of male-bonding comedies, as viewed through the astringent lens of Greece's Athina Rachel Tsangari.

June 2, 2016 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Chevalier

I saw this at the Cleveland International Film Festival. A female director, Athina Rachel Tsangari, gives her perspective on the machismo and one-upmanship involved when men get together on a sports outing like a fishing trip. Six Greek men, in this case, only have each other for company. It was difficult to determine exactly the relationship between all the men. Perhaps something was lost in translation. I could be wrong, but I think two of the older men are brothers with a family friend who is like a brother tagging along, then the patriarch has three grown sons. Dimitris (Papadimitriou) stands out as the awkward, overweight, possibly youngest, goofball of a brother who struggles to compete with the other smarter, more agile, more testosterone fueled men. They compete over every little thing, uncover family dysfunction, and show off their egos. It becomes one dimensional. It is not an environment that I find at all pleasant, so sitting through almost two hours of it became uncomfortable. I wanted to find some deeper meaning, but there is not much here except to show that the bonds of blood barely hold together when put through such unrelenting competition.

Byron Brubaker
Byron Brubaker

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Both blackly funny and oddly moving, this strange but affecting film in the end doesn't really go anywhere, but it's fun while it lasts.

Daniel Parsons
Daniel Parsons

Super Reviewer

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