Fiction

CHEVALIER

Athina Rachel Tsangari
GR 2015
105min
V'15

It’s mid-winter. A group of six men are out on a fishing excursion when they discover a mechanical issue with their luxurious yacht, and quickly moor in a safe harbour to make repairs. While stuck there, they kill time by playing “Chevalier”, a game designed to determine who is “best in everything”. The winner earns a trophy ring from its previous holder – and no one is to get off the boat before the outcome has been determined.
Watching this film feels at first like observing an experiment in behavioral processes – but after a few days of the game, the dynamics developing on board begin to resemble absurdist theatre. The men exhibit a spectrum of feelings and actions, displaying their capacity for dominance and excellence, but also for embarrassment and humiliation. Each character’s moral mettle will eventually surface as the pressure mounts.
CHEVALIER is a study of male antagonism as seen through the eyes of a brilliant female filmmaker. Nevertheless, the film’s resonance transcends gender stereotypes. The silliness of competition itself is scrutinized and ridiculed with rigor and a sharp sense of humor. (Dimitri Eipides)

Credits
  • Vangelis Mourikis - Spyros
  • Makis Papadimitriou - Loukas
  • Yorgos Kentros
  • Panos Koronis
  • Yorgos Pirpassopoulos
  • Sakis Rouvas
  • Yiannis Drakopoulos
  • Nikos Orfanos
  • Kostas Philippoglou
  • Athina Rachel Tsangari
  • Efthimis Filippou
  • Leandros Ntounis
  • Christos Karamanis
  • Matt Johnson
  • Yorgos Mavropsaridis
  • Anna Georgiadou
  • Vasileia Rozana
Faliro House Productions, Haos Film, Nova, The Match Factory

The Match Factory

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