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317 Ratings


Greece, 2015
Drama, Comedy


A group of men is returning from a winter fishing trip on a yacht. When a mechanical problem leaves them trapped on their boat, somewhere in the gulf of Saronikos, they will kill their time playing a game they devise called Chevalier.

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Chevalier Directed by Athina Rachel Tsangari
The film is basically a series of brilliantly clever sketches that play with notions of self-esteem. No matter how successful these men are in the outside world, there is always a kernel of doubt, that voice that says you are a failure, a fake. Chevalier weaponizes that voice and aims it at a group of middle-aged strivers, reducing them to their worst impulses.
December 13, 2016
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This is what the Hangover crew would do on a yacht if they were wealthier and European. At the end, when they slink home, each of the men is humiliated but essentially unchanged, same as in a Hangover movie. The trouble begins when the chef and steward, now alone on the yacht, begin to play the game themselves. Tsangari adds politics where Lanthimos subtracts it.
August 12, 2016
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It’s almost as if Tsangari has stripped back the guard-shield of politesse and civility in order for her camera to catch an unvarnished, primate reality that exists just under the surface. It’s a fascinating set-up and executed with cool precision, even if it never really shifts into a second gear.
July 20, 2016
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What are people saying?

  • msmichel's rating of the film Chevalier

    Tsangari gives us an absurdist but telling examination of machismo, male posturing and the antagonism of the male competitive spirit. Co-written with Efthimis Filippou (The Lobster) this reps another example of the new Greek cinema and its' willingness to push boundaries and societal norms.

  • Jason's rating of the film Chevalier

    Although we men (I barely feel this category accepts to integrate me, or that I would chose to belong to it) are probably all too aware of competitive domains of fellowship, I am pleased that it is a female director who explicates the dynamics of such business in Chevalier. Because it is wry and bemused and a little almost like sorta a speculative fiction type deal. I don't understand these men, but I know them.

  • josé neves's rating of the film Chevalier

    0. The absolute degree of contemporary disgust, made of a supposed critical and playful comment on the pathetic and the human but that by the staging and formal options identifies, combines and confuses itself with the assumed criticism, becoming an exponentiation of a lifting gesture of stupidity. A mighty dishonesty.

  • affasf's rating of the film Chevalier

    Similarly to the new Lanthimos, former elements in past Tsangari movies exist now in a superficial way of neglecting a common, universal sense of image and language. What is casual, insignificant, is elevated at the rank of TV shows intimate revelations with a repugnant sense for the road movies catch phrasing humor.

  • Ardhi Syaifuddin's rating of the film Chevalier

    A film that pokes fun at male rivalry, with a big grin. It has a potential to go much darker but they kept it in a comedic territory.

  • Rafael Zen's rating of the film Chevalier

    Although Tsangari shows a very playful take on manhood and the burden of being an alpha male - taking us through a really funny trip (and game), at the same time she does not seem to know where to lead the plot. This is Chevalier: a well directed film that provokes with stunning images and delight us with a compelling cast. But when it comes to the climax, it's hushed and incomplete. I wanted more.

  • Wee Hunk's rating of the film Chevalier

    If you love dry humor, this is a good choice. It's funny because it's true. It's about how men communicate with each other through competition. It becomes even more difficult if it's your loved one. Of course it's a generalization, just as women's preferred method of communication is sharing. If you're at a party and a guy asks you where you went to school, it's because he wants you to ask him, so he can one-up you.

  • OFF_FRAME's rating of the film Chevalier

    While I absolutely love the dramatic execution of this study on the idea of validation, competitiveness and ultimate self worth the film really falls down in the pacing. The many missed opportunities where variety in the level of humour and absurdity would otherwise have made for a riveting watch instead feel oddly detached and dull. 3 stars

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