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Triangle of Sadness (2022)

Duration2h 27m
RatingsUK: 15, USA: R, Denmark: 11
Source of storyAn original screenplay
DirectorRuben Östlund
Writers/ScriptRuben Östlund
StarringCharibi Dean, Harris Dickinson, Woody Harrelson, Ziatko Buric, Dolly De Leon,
RatingsIMDb: 7.4/10 by 83,744 people.  Rotten Tomatoes: 72% by 245 reviewers. Review2view: 6/10.

Summary: The film is presented in three parts. Part 1: Yaya and Carl feature a couple of young people, he a male model, she a model and influencer. The have dinner and argue about who is going to pay the bill. Part 2: The couple get a freebee on a cruise with a few very rich people on a small ship. The passengers who include a rich Russian and a tech millionaire are seriously seasick when there is rough weather. However the captain, a drunk, and the Russian are not among them. They argue about politics. Part 3: After the ship is blown up by pirates a few survivors are washed up on a beach. The only person who can do anything is the former toilet cleaner, Abigail. She takes over, establishes her command and takes Carl on as her lover, in a lifeboat which had been washed up. The others all agree in return for fish and fires. But when Yaya and Abigail go for a hike they find a resort. How will it end.

Content: There is a bit of implied sex on one or two occasions but no nudity. Quite a lot of drinking, including some drunkenness. There are sort of interconnecting scenes. Carl goes on a male model audition, one of many, some of whom are interviewed comically. He and Yaya dine and argue. Once on the ship there is chaos. The captain is drunk, the food goes off because the crew have to bath to please the rich passengers. It is a bit rough and everybody vomits a lot, some have diorama. The toilets overflow. The ship is attacked and blown up by pirates and some make it to a beach. There is a totally enclosed lifeboat (TEMSC) which Abigail inhabits with Carl. The rest are useless.

A View: This is a fairly low budget outing  much in the director’s style, maybe lampooning the rich, and throwing in influencers. I found part one boring, and part two lunatic. How could the ship be rolling, causing people to be sick, while the glasses stayed on the table? Why were there armed guards, and if they were to deter pirates, why did they not do it? Why was there a TEMSC on the beach since the ship did not have any? Why did the ship never move from a spot close to the same bit of land, and so on. I could go on. It was rubbish. I think they should have spent a bit more money. However the film has been quite well liked and may have broken even. We were given sick bags at the screen where we saw it in Madrid.

I have reviewed one other film by the same director, The Square, which seems to have hit the target of the satire more effectively.

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