FIN FEST REVIEW: Triangle Of Sadness eats the rich in a razor-sharp satire

From the very first frame of Triangle Of Sadness, I knew exactly what kind of absurd, devious film I was dealing with.

It’s not subtle in the least, and director Ruben Östlund makes clear his admonishment and distaste for our culture of rewarding the rich and punching down on the poor.

In his tearing down of the elite, lazy one per cent, Östlund’s film left the packed house at Park Lane Cinemas doubled over and awe-struck during the sold-out screening of Triangle Of Sadness.

It follows Carl and Yaya, a couple who model for a living, who are more concerned with documenting their journey for their Instagram followers than actually enjoying it. They got the trip for free, and the irony of giving free stuff to people who could easily afford a room in the yacht liner isn’t lost on anyone.

Winner of the coveted Palme d’Or and the Technician Prize at the Cannes Film Festival, Triangle Of Sadness works best when the hierarchal class structure is on full display. Crew, captain and employees toil all day long – like monkeys there to dance at the whims of their passengers.

But when the ship sinks and survivors are left to their own devices on an uninhabited island, the dynamics change.

Leads Harris Dickinson and Charlbi Dean are absolutely fantastic. The former – a favourite of mine since his indie performance in 2017’s Beach Rats – gets to flex comedic muscles I didn’t know existed. He finds an even match in the raucous Dean.

The actress passed away unexpectedly in August, a genuine, tragic loss. Her performance here signals a career that could have gone absolutely anywhere. She is absolutely transcendent.

As a drunken ship captain, Woody Harrelson is characteristically fantastic, if not showy. Zlatko Buric and Dolly De Leon are both fantastic in supporting roles, and stand out from an impressive ensemble.

Make no mistake – Triangle Of Sadness will not be for everyone. There were gasps and walkouts at points, specifically during one nearly half-hour infamous scene.

But those who love this one will claim it among the best satire films they’ve seen in years. I am firmly in that camp, and Triangle Of Sadness is the best film I’ve seen so far this year.

5/5 Stars

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