The Favourite

The Favourite ★★★★½

If the surrealism of Dogtooth, the biting satire of the modern romance in The Lobster, or the horrific tragicomedy of The Killing of a Sacred Deer weren’t sufficient evidence that Yorgos Lanthimos was a talent to watch, The Favourite certainly cements it. With his latest feature the Greek director steps into the period piece, a subgenre that has almost become synonymous with “Oscar bait”. One might think Lanthimos is simply chasing awards with this venture (racking up ten Academy Award nominations) but the pure eccentricity on display here is befitting of one of the most unique voices working in cinema today. Breathing some much-needed life into an increasingly stale genre, The Favourite redefines historical period drama.

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