Saturday, 30 July 2016

CHEVALIER

Chevalier - charming Greek film examining the competitive male foibles of a group of friends who meet annually to go fishing. They decide to play 'Best in General', where points are given for behaviour and attitude. It is very funny and rather sweet. I saw it at the BFI. The BFI always provide a crib sheet which you may read before or after the film. These sheets often have little bearing on what you are about to or have just seen. That for 'Chevalier' is a magnificent example, a romp of pretentious neologisms ('gamify'? 'homosocial'?), reductive politicising, and is a searing indictment (the author uses 'scathing' - no cliches for Erika Balsom) of contemporary tertiary education. How about this for a film about blokes on a fishing trip trying to get the better of one another: "Chevalier targets neoliberalism's demand for omnicompetence, its obsession with metrics and its spurious injunction that we must not just tolerate capital's complete subsumption of life but find it enjoyable and fun, like a game." My bet is that Ms Balsom went to Goldsmith's. They love this kind of tosh there. (I have just looked her up, and what do you know...). I thoroughly recommend Chevalier, but if you want to enjoy it, perhaps see it at an ordinary cinema, thereby avoiding the BFI's turgid, ugly, reductive briefing note.

https://youtu.be/IlbZoYGY62g