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Chevalier uses a simple fishing trip as the backdrop for a slow-building, queasily compelling look at the modern male dynamic. Read critic reviews

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Six competitive men (Yorgos Kendros, Panos Koronis, Vangelis Mourikis) play a series of bizarre games while sailing on a luxury yacht in the Aegean Sea.

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  • Like a black comedy feminist Deliverance, Athina Rachel Tsangari finds lying within the cracks of masculine performativity an inherent struggle with the omnipresent 'threat' of the feminine.

    August 25, 2018 | Full Review…
  • Anybody who doubts that the film's trivial pursuits belie a cutting, Buuelian subtext should watch the final exterior shots carefully.

    September 28, 2017 | Full Review…
  • It has a good deal to say about men from the perspective of a woman and it's never less than intriguing as these rather foolish characters challenge one another.

    January 27, 2017 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…
  • Chevalier is Richard Linklater's Everybody Wants Some!! squished through a European arthouse grinder with deeply pleasing results.

    October 10, 2016 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • Cinematographer Christos Karamanis boxes in the madness with disciplined framing. It is, perhaps entirely the point, that the film's shenanigans leave one yearning for the same sense of order to be imposed elsewhere.

    August 9, 2016 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • Tsangari's deadpan approach to the increasingly sociopathic behaviour of the sextet is perfectly judged.

    July 24, 2016 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

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  • Jul 21, 2016
    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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  • Apr 02, 2016
    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.
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