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  • Writer's pictureJames Rutherford

'Triangle of Sadness': An Audacious Dark Comedy Satirizing the Heights of Affluence and Materialism


Movie poster for Triangle of Sadness (2022)

Triangle of Sadness (2022) is a transgressive and audacious dark comedy that unravels three separate yet interconnected stories, each chapter serving as a biting satire against a backdrop of wealth and privilege. The narrative begins with Carl (Harris Dickinson), a self-absorbed male model, and Yaya (Charlbi Dean), a social influencer, embroiled in a quarrel over money and the expectations imposed upon them by society's rigid gender roles.


Carl and Yaya's lives take an unexpected turn when they receive an invitation to embark on a lavish superyacht in exchange for social media promotion. Onboard they find themselves mingling with a diverse assortment of Russian oligarchs, weapons manufacturers, tech billionaires and a comically troubled alcoholic captain (Woody Harrelson). Rough seas and brutal calamity befalls the ship, however, with Filipina steward Abigail (Dolly de Leon) rising to fore in a tenacious coup that ultimately sees the entire assembly's social hierarchy turned on its ear.


Written and directed by Swedish filmmaker Ruben Östlund (Force Majeure, The Square), Triangle of Sadness is a scathing indictment of affluence and materialism. It fearlessly trolls class differences, provoking the audience while delivering pitch-perfect craftsmanship. Through biting wit and irreverent humor, the film generates both gasps and guffaws in equal measure—ultimately inviting viewers to question their own complicity in perpetuating societal inequalities.

 

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