Winner of this year's Cannes Jury Prize, the new film and English-language debut from the wonderfully idiosyncratic mind of director Yorgos Lanthimos (Alps, Dogtooth) is a deadpan absurdist satire of modern romance. Lanthimos, a critically acclaimed director, has directed a number of dance videos, TV commercials, music videos, short films and theatre plays. Kinetta, his first feature film, played at Toronto and Berlin film festivals to critical acclaim. His second feature Dogtooth, won the Un Certain Regard Prize at the 2009 Cannes film festival, followed by numerous awards at festivals worldwide. Alps won the Osella for Best Screenplay at the 2011 Venice film festival and Best Film at the Sydney film festival in 2012.
In a dystopian near future, single people, according to the laws of The City, are taken to The Hotel, where they are obliged to find a romantic partner in forty-five days or are transformed into beasts and sent off into The Woods. Colin Farrell picks up the deadpan style of the film eloquently and builds upon the genre to create an excellent alternate reality. Rachel Weisz is as always an excellent and beautiful leading lady providing a tenderness to such a tough role. John C. Reilly brings the absurdist nature to life with his natural dark humour. The film has all the elements of an uncomfortable evening where everybody is trying not to laugh. This funny and moving satire premiered to great critical response at the Cannes Film Festival.
David (Colin Farell) becoming grossly aware of this inability to find a mate in the hotel who he connects with and so decides to feign a connection with an emotionally inept Heartless Woman (Angeliki Papoulia). The lie results in the fatal killing of David's pet and brother who never made it out of the hotel. David escapes to live a life of singularity in the woods where he finds a crowd of people and becomes an official loner. What transpires is a significant 'against the rules' love story with Short Sighted Woman (Rachel Weisz). The cast are excellent and adapt to the unique genre superbly. All elements of the film come together and display the vision of the Director to the highest standard.
I would recommend this movie for anyone who enjoyed Calvary by John Michael McDonagh and are interested in a unique film vision.