A movie review of “Chevalier”: Who is the most convincing sleeper? Who has the best dental hygiene? Alpha-male sparring is the name of the game in this deliciously goofy deadpan comedy by Greek filmmaker Athina Rachel Tsangari. Rating: 3.5 stars out of 4.
Cholesterol-count rivalries. Breath-holding endurance tests. Disputes over rowing-machine stamina. Jet Ski-versus-windsailing warfare.
And some really serious pebble-collecting. …
Alpha-male sparring is the name of the game in “Chevalier,” the new deadpan comedy by Greek filmmaker Athina Rachel Tsangari. And it has rarely looked this deliciously goofy.
Movie Review ★★★½
‘Chevalier,’ with Yorgos Kendros, Vangelis Mourikis, Makis Papadimitriou. Directed by Athina Rachel Tsangari, from a screenplay by Tsangari and Efthimis Filippou. 99 minutes. Not rated; for mature audiences (contains graphic nudity). In Greek, with English subtitles. Sundance Cinemas (21+).
Six men out for some guy-time alone on a yacht in the Aegean Sea can’t settle on what game to play during the off hours when they’re not fishing or scuba-diving. After some quibbling, they settle on “The Best in General,” in which they won’t just pit their physical abilities against one another, but “how we speak … how we laugh … how we think … everything.”
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With all the solemnity of Olympic athletes, they scramble for the prize: a signet ring dubbed the “Chevalier.”
A startling variety of challenges awaits them. Who is the most convincing sleeper? Who has the best dental hygiene? Who can do a Rubik’s cube the fastest? And, of course, who has the biggest. …
Well, if you kept track of the Republican primaries, you can fill in the blank.
Tsangari’s whole cast is in perfect tune with her joke. No one ever raises his voice or cracks a smile. But Makis Papadimitriou is especially appealing as eager-to-please Dimitris, who admits he’s a little chubby but that’s not going to hamper him — not even when it comes to break dancing.
The film is impeccably shot — and composer Marilena Orfanou’s electronic score vividly suggests a ticking testosterone time bomb. On your mark. Get set. Go see it.