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directed by Athina Rachel Tsangari
Greece 2015

 

While the DAISIES-like fanciful behavior of the heroines of director Athina Rachel Tsangari's earlier film ATTENBERG was non-conformist and anarchic, the escalating games of masculine one-upmanship in Tsangari's "buddy movie without the buddies" CHEVALIER - the titular ring the prize for "the best in general" as they drift back to Athens after a diving and fishing expedition on the Aegean sea - is deconstructive on notions of masculinity and homosocial relationships. The six men constitute three pairs - host Yorgos (Panos Koronis, BEFORE MIDNIGHT) and business partner Jozef (Vangelis Mourikis, THE WINTER), Doc (Yiorgos Kendros) and younger fellow clinic doctor Christos (singer Sakis Rouvas), and insurance salesman Yorgos (Yorgos Pirpassopoulos) - married to Doc's daughter who was once involved with Christos - and his awkward and pudgy brother Dimitris (Makis Papadimitriou), a rock collector in search of a perfectly round natural specimen. In attempts to score more points or just to outright humiliate one another, they blackmail, reveal or withhold private knowledge with whiny petulance, childishness, and bad sportsmanship over judgements and scoring threatening their reputations, their long-lasting friendships and partnerships, as well as their health. Tsangari keeps things unpredictable with challenges ranging from sleeping posture and grooming to assembling shelves and cooking octopus, with the closest thing to a "whip 'em out and measure" challenge backfiring in a not so reductive manner. Funny and thought-provoking but less stimulating in the manner of ATTENBERG producer Yorgos Lanthimos' DOGTOOTH follow-up ALPS.

Eric Cotenas

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Theatrical Release: 26 November 2015 (Greece)

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DVD Review: Strand Releasing - Region 1 - NTSC

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Strand Releasing

Region 1 - NTSC

Runtime 1:45:00
Video

2.35:1 Original Aspect Ratio

16X9 enhanced
Average Bitrate: 7.71 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s

NOTE: The Vertical axis represents the bits transferred per second. The Horizontal is the time in minutes.

Bitrate

Audio Greek Dolby Digital 5.1
Subtitles English, none
Features Release Information:
Studio: Strand Releasing

Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen anamorphic - 2.35:1

Edition Details:
� Bonus Short Film 'The Capsule' (16:9; 37:14)
� Theatrical Trailer (16:9; 1:45)
� Previews

DVD Release Date: October 4th. 2016
Amaray

Chapters 8

 

 

 

Comments

Shot digitally with Hawk Scope anamorphic lenses (which impose a smaller anamorphic squeeze than standard anamorphics since they are designed for 16:9-shaped sensors), CHEVALIER's high bitrate, progressive, dual-layer, anamorphic transfer looks strong during the brighter sequences and sometimes flatter in the night shots and darkly-lit interiors. The Greek Dolby Digital 5.1 track is generally front-oriented with subtle atmospherics and occasionally goosed with surprises. Optional English subtitles are included.

Extras include director Tsangari's 2011 short The Capsule, the feature's trailer, and previews for other Strand titles including Tsangari's ATTENBERG and OUR LAST TANGO.

  - Eric Cotenas

 


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