Triangle of Sadness surprises Cannes and receives an eight-minute standing ovation

SPOILER ALERT: The minor plot points of Ruben Östlund’s “Triangle of Sadness” are discussed below.

Cannes-goers hoping David Cronenberg’s “Crimes of the Future” would give the festival a stomach-churning shock were in for an electrifying surprise with the world premiere of Ruben Östlund’s latest social satire, “Triangle of Sadness.” The film garnered a thunderous standing ovation for eight minutes after a spirited screening that found the audience at Cannes’ Palais theater screaming in horror and glee.

“Triangle of Sadness” stars “Beach Rats” and “The Kingsman” actor Harris Dickinson as an aspiring model who gets the chance to vacation aboard a luxury yacht after his influential girlfriend beats them to the punch. a free trip. Woody Harrelson plays the alcoholic captain of the yacht. The yacht is filled with snooty, smug guests who make up the 1%, but they all get what they deserve thanks to an extended 15-minute sequence in which a storm causes a bout of seasickness.

This central scene garnered perhaps the loudest reaction from the Cannes audience so far at the 2022 festival. Östlund prolongs the preparation as the ship rocks and guests are served oysters and elaborate seafood dishes. Eventually all hell breaks loose and eruptions of vomit and poop are displayed in graphic detail. The audience in the Palais shrieked, covered their eyes, and laughed. Three attendees were seen leaving the Palais balcony in the middle of the sequence, but everyone else in the crowd responded with approval.

“Triangle of Sadness” is filled with several other moments that left the audience in awe, but the rest of the film is best left untouched. The Cannes crowd reacted with an eight-minute standing ovation that was far louder than the ovations “Top Gun: Maverick” and other films have garnered so far at the festival.

“What a wonderful projection,” Ostlund said as he was handed a microphone, his comment nearly drowned out by applause. “What set did we have? Thank you very much!”

In addition to the public reaction, VarietyPeter Debruge gave “Triangle of Sadness” a strong review, writing, “There’s a meticulous precision to the way he builds, blocks, and executes scenes: a kind of agonized restlessness, amplified by awkward silences or an unwanted fly buzzing between characters struggling to communicate.”

Östlund was last at Cannes with “The Square” in 2017, which won the Palme d’Or. While many competing films remain to be screened, the reaction to “Triangle of Sadness” hints that he could be a contender for one of the Cannes awards.

“Triangle of Sadness” delivered Cannes with a dose of shock and awe. Your move, Cronenberg.

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