The art of satirizing the rich isn’t new, but over the last few years, the genre has gained in popularity and popularity, either as a murder mysteries like Knives Out or dramedies like The White Lotus. Maybe we’re attracted by the hilarity (okay Jennifer Coolidge’s Tanya and Benoit Blanc’s accents are selling points as well) Although we’re not able to keep the Elon Musks of the world to account in the real world watching them be tortured during vacation or fight one another over inheritance could be just the tiniest bit of retribution. In these films, the people who’ve cheated others or slashed corners to gain their wealth are actually rewarded with what they’re entitled to. The film Triangle of Sadness, Swedish filmmaker Ruben Ostlund pushes this to an an extreme level.
The Palme d’Or winner at Cannes and, now, Best Picture contender at the Oscars It doesn’t just make its gorgeous and wealthy characters uncomfortable. It makes them fall into horrendous, inhumane situations that leave no way out. (It’s situated on a cruise ship as well as on an abandoned island, in all). The film follows a model-influencer couple Yaya (Charlbi Dean Kriek) and Carl (Harris Dickson) who are offered a free cruise on a luxury yacht cruise. But the trip gets shit literally. (If you’re prone to an innate gag reflex beware of watching this film after having a big meal.)
The wildly dramedy is nominated for several Oscars this year with a focus on Best Director as well as Best Original Screenplay for Ostlund. However, the breakout actor Dolly De Leon was criminally left out of her supporting role. As you progress to the final act of your film, you’ll be able to see exactly what Academy is lacking.
Triangle of Sadness isn’t streaming as of yet, however it’s available to purchase and rent on platforms such as Prime Video and Apple TV+. Explore the options below.