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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Critic Reviews for Chevalier
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.
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.
Scene by scene, it builds a vision of group dynamics as calm, violent and finally unyielding as the sea.
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.
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.
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