Triangle of Sadness (2022)
December 10, 2022 12:47 PM - Subscribe

Social hierarchy is turned upside down, revealing the tawdry relationship between power and beauty. Celebrity model couple, Carl (Harris Dickinson) and Yaya (Charlbi Dean), are invited on a luxury cruise for the uber-rich, helmed by an unhinged boat captain (Woody Harrelson). What first appeared instagrammable turns into a series of catastrophes.

Written and directed by Ruben Östlund.

70% fresh on Rotten Tomatoes.

Now available for digital rental on multiple outlets. JustWatch listing.
posted by DirtyOldTown (14 comments total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
Content warning: positively epic amounts of puke and shit. Rivers of the stuff.
posted by DirtyOldTown at 12:48 PM on December 10, 2022 [2 favorites]

Positively wheezing from laughing.

"Who is the captain now? Me. I'm the captain. Before, toilet manager. Now, captain."
posted by DirtyOldTown at 1:37 PM on December 10, 2022 [5 favorites]

I haven't seen this yet, but based on the trailer I was like "is this White Lotus Season 2?"
posted by gemutlichkeit at 6:50 PM on December 10, 2022

I watched this yesterday and the Act II is inspired, probably the funniest single segment of any movie in 2022.
posted by forbiddencabinet at 8:20 PM on December 10, 2022 [3 favorites]

Damn, what a movie. Went into it completely cold and it's great. As a treatise on the 1% I think I liked The Menu more, but I 100% loved the ambiguity of this ending.
posted by ssmith at 3:15 PM on December 11, 2022 [1 favorite]

Wow that ending line was a heck of a thing huh

Didn’t know what to expect going in other than Merlin Mann describing it as a Weird Movie for Weirdos and I’m pretty sure I enjoyed it overall
posted by DoctorFedora at 3:54 AM on January 1 [1 favorite]

This film has three corners and they're all great. But peak puke is the best.

A few random things I noticed:
  • The pivotal 'corner' scene happens dead center of the film as the Russian capitalist and American communist chat
  • The cover art for the film is also a triangle, with a few horizontal lines thrown in too, like a hierarchical pyramid
  • Throughout the film, I kept being reminded of the drama triangle…persecuter - victim - rescuer. Quite a bit of that in the first act especially, with the two characters switching roles in response to each other. But then later with the explicit discussion of roles and power among all of them.
  • Loved the use of elevators in the 1st and 3rd acts
  • The first scene we see Carl standing, face-forward in a stark black and white room, unable to pull off a convincing walk, in silence. In the last scene we see him side profile, running in broad daylight, blue clothes against bright green trees, panting and grunting in time with super rhythmic music.
  • I am not convinced that he's running to Yaya, but rather from something or someone. Has there been a time jump? Is he the rescuer here? Or the victim?
With Triangle and Triangle of Sadness, someone just needs to make another 5-star film called Sadness and my trifecta of perfection will be complete.
posted by iamkimiam at 11:17 AM on January 5 [2 favorites]

There's a super fucked-up but highly-enjoyable-on-a-certain-wavelength horror film called The Sadness. It's full of the kind of amped-up depravity and violence that makes people shake their heads at horror fans, but it isn't intended to push the limits of endurance or anything, just to make a room full of nerds say "OH SHIIIIIIIIIIIIT!" So weirdly, if you can get on its wavelength... it's... fun??
posted by DirtyOldTown at 12:59 PM on January 5

man yeah I love the ambiguity of the final shot! Is Carl running to try to find Yaya and Abigail to let them know that they've been saved?
posted by DoctorFedora at 6:46 PM on January 5

I somehow got the idea that this was a period film that would have a lot of people being constrained by restrictive mores. I have NO IDEA where that impression came from, but this movie was so very much not that that it was like going in blind x 5.

Coming so far out of left field as it did for me, I really enjoyed it. The seasickness/storm scenes reminded me both of Monty Python and of Bunuel's Exterminating Angel.

I also liked The Menu. This movie does a better job of examining power, how it is obtained and how people use and misuse it.
posted by jeoc at 2:04 PM on February 19 [1 favorite]

I find myself thinking a lot about this movie and Mrs. Fedora’s observation that it’s just constantly incredibly uncomfortable, including things like the audio environment virtually always having something like a squeaky windshield wiper or a crying baby in the background
posted by DoctorFedora at 3:08 AM on February 20

I found The Menu boring, but I loved this.

I am not convinced that he's running to Yaya, but rather from something or someone. Has there been a time jump? Is he the rescuer here? Or the victim?

My interpretation is that he knows she's going to murder Yaya (I mean, both my partner and I looked at each other when those two went off to hike and said "Well, I guess she's getting murdered, right?") and so this (the threat of Yaya's life) is where Abigail's hold over him breaks - it seemed clear to me in their dialogue that while Carl might get some pleasure from his affair with Abigail, he is only doing this because of the power differential/the food gifts.I suppose it's also possible that he also realizes they are near resorts (the guy selling touristy trinkets), and so this makes him realize he doesn't need to appease Abigail, but I think Carl has just enough of a conscience that he'd be able to 'come to' so-to-speak, without this knowledge.

Some parts that stood out to me:

-It feels like an obvious insight, but it was only from watching this that it occurred to me that influencers are essentially just freelance models (with obviously occasional overlap) - I feel l've seen a lot of reporting on how influencers have changed advertising, but less so on the modeling world.

-I liked that the head of the ship staff (Paula) also gets skewered. The general discourse about labor often oversimplifies things - i.e. there is the professional class, and the working class. What gets less acknowledged is that service industry workers can be elites of a sort - there are waiters and bartenders who easily make six-figures, far more than many professionals could even dream of earning. Obviously, at a cost - nobody is going to deny that Paula is working here - but she is directly benefiting from the super rich in a way that Abigail is not, and her main talent is management and appeasing the wealthy - something that is less important when stranded. (I found parts of this review interesting, but it seems to miss this).

-If they knew they were sailing around islands with potential tourism, why did nobody think of hiking around the island sooner?

-How relaxed everyone seemed about getting on a heavily armed boat. To me this illustrated how privileged people often struggle to realize that they too are mortal, and that their money cannot always save them. Relatedly, Carl's surprise/distress that his comment about the shirtless employee got him sent off the ship - he wants to get his way/have his trivial jealous reaction affirmed, but also doesn't want anyone to get hurt in the process - an impossible duo.
posted by coffeecat at 11:42 AM on February 20

I don't think the illness was seasickness, it seemed the direct result of forcing the staff to stop what their doing, leaving all the seafood out, to take a turn on the waterslide. It was bad seafood that caused those rivers. The captain didn't eat any which is why he didn't get sick. Poor Ludmilla, on the other hand, gorged and geysered. Haven't seen anything like that since Monty Python's Meaning of Life.
posted by Stanczyk at 9:14 AM on March 11

I did laugh a bit but mostly found this to be way too long and just way too on-the-nose. I was mostly kind of bored.
posted by octothorpe at 10:25 PM on March 11

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