The story of a man who feels happy only when he is unhappy, a man addicted to sadness, who has such need for pity, he's willing to do everything to evoke it from others. This is the life of a man in a world not cruel enough for him.
With his comatose and hospitalised wife into a steadily critical condition, a neat and grief-stricken solicitor finds himself all alone to take care of his teenage son. Struggling to cope with a shocking new reality while shrouded by a thick veil of perpetual sadness, more and more, the stone-faced lawyer realises that extreme pain and misery can evoke intense pleasure, as the neighbours' unconditional sympathy becomes increasingly addictive. Now, the pained father's burgeoning dependence to pity and the kindness of others turns into a plentiful source of bliss, and he's prepared to go to great lengths to prolong it. However, what happens if, God forbid, his wife recovers?Written by
I didn't even realise 'Greek Weird Wave' was even a film genre until I happened upon this excellent blackest of black absurdist (tragi)comedies. I thought Yorgos Lanthimos was one of a kind with his deadpan despairing mood pieces. I was wrong. Like another reviewer mentioned, I laughed out loud numerous times. Luckily I was watching at home (courtesy of Mubi), and not in the cinema as I had been for The Lobster and The Killing of a Sacred Deer, when I had to suppress my laughter for more than half were in no way amused.
With his wife in a coma - probably not going to make it - husband gets used to pity and sympathy, so much so he goes to extreme lengths to ensure its continuity. The result is utter deadpan bonkers genius.
Greek Weird Wave is definitely marmite - you either love it or hate it, and I'm firmly on the former bracket.
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