This is such a great story-world and platform to explore the human desire to feel important and garner peoples attention. Only here, in a truly uncomfortable, absurdist style, that attention comes in the intense form of pity and asks the question, what happens to the individual when suddenly the spotlight is gone? Reminds me of a stoic Suntan meets Michael. Superb photography, sound design and acting. 4 stars
What do you do with your face as you watch a sullen man turn into steam? Do you curl it to a cake pan shape? Starch your eyebrows like a shirt? Do its muscles ache from drifting back, squinting for the saddest piano keys? If you wait until the final shot, you’ll feel it, turning, shift—like you’re emerging from the bathtub or a scream.
A Kyle MacLachlan-y lawyer, bored to death, founds his only pleasure by being pitied by others to the sound of Mozart's "Lacrimosa". The song the protagonist sings after reprehending his son for playing too cheerful music is great. An interesting concept which could be further developed.
Very dark, but also darkly comedic, this is a fascinating look at someone who finds that they feel more comfortable, and perhaps even at their best, when events conspire to make them feel their worst. Director Babis Makridis, who also co-wrote the script, is definitely someone I want to see more films from.
Hilariously dead pan excoriation of male self pity and entitlement. There are so many wonderful sequences but 'that song' and the tear gas episode had me simultaneously hiding and howling with laughter. Yet all the while one is aware of the increasingly serious political implications of untrammelled white male fragility for us all. In Greece, you certainly don't want your dawn to be golden.
A dark comic gem from the pens of Efthymis Filippou (The Lobster, Dogtooth, ALPS) and director Babis Makridis. Yannis Drakopoulos gives a memorable turn here as a man who becomes addicted to being the pity of others and will do most anything to re-achieve that status.
This movie is wonderfully composed, on the visual as well as on the narrative part. On the other side, i found it hard to watch, i had to finished it in the third attempt. It is just so relentlessy trying to tear you down, to wring out every juice of happines left inside you which I don't find it really construcitve in its subtext/message.
Oiktos is rich in allegories and poignant observations about our human condition and approaches its themes with a dry humour that is enjoyable to watch. However the characters stay flat/ not very relatable and apart from a few scenes the storyline is too predictable. Oiktos has an original concept that could have been amazing but stays more mediocre due to its superficial execution.
Una gran tragedia, amarga. Me parece que esta llamada Ola Rara Griega tiene a su gran figura, no es Yorgos Lanthimos, sino a Efthymis Filippou como gran impulsor. Me parece destacable es uso de los intertítulos como un elemento narrativo. Nos permite analizar el goce que existe por la desgracia y la lástima.