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Chevalier: An amusing satire of masculine competitiveness

A sign outside the Vancity Theatre, one of the venues for the Vancouver International Film Festival, in Vancouver, B.C., on Thursday October 1, 2015.


3 out of 4 stars

Directed by
Athina Rachel Tsangari

The Vancouver International Film Festival runs Sept. 24 through Oct. 9. Each day, The Globe and Mail picks at least one must-watch film.

Six prosperous Greek men are hanging out on a luxury yacht, spear-fishing, swimming and dining when they decide to play a parlour game in which they will rate each other's behaviour in a variety of contests. Who's courageous enough to give blood? Who makes the most convincing phone call home? And yes, who has the biggest dick. The increasingly absurd results provide a sly and amusing satire of masculine competitiveness directed by Athina Tsangari, who was the producer on Yorgos Lanthimos's Oscar-nominated Dogtooth. The film is made watchable by a strong cast that renders the men's vulnerability particularly sympathetic.

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