How far will men go to prove their superiority to other men?
In Chevalier, the second in Kamloops Film Society’s fall series at Paramount Theatre, a little friendly antagonism goes a long way.
On a luxury yacht in the Aegean Sea, six male acquaintances embark on a rigorous series of personal and physical challenges, mercilessly grading each other to determine who is “the best in general.” The winner will be awarded a signet ring, the Chevalier.
A bond unites the six principals, whose interactions don’t betray any close friendship, or why they have clubbed together on an expensive maritime vacation without their respective families. There’s a noticeable age gap between the group’s youngest and oldest members, though they appear to vary even more widely in terms of class and social status.
"Chevalier is a study of male antagonism seen through the eyes of a brave and original filmmaker,” wrote the jury at the London Film Festival, where the Greek movie won Best Film. “With great formal rigour and irresistible wit, Athina Rachel Tsangari has managed to make a film that is both a hilarious comedy and a deeply disturbing statement on the condition of western humanity."
Chevalier was selected as the Greek entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 89th Academy Awards.
The film begins at 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 28 at the downtown theatre.