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Superyacht Disaster Film Puts the Rich Through Hell, High Water

The award-winning film sets wealthy against working class. But this time, the odds are different.

Yaya (Charlbi Dean) and Carl (Harris Dickinson) soak up sun in Triangle of Sadness.

Yaya (Charlbi Dean) and Carl (Harris Dickinson) soak up sun in Triangle of Sadness.

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The latest cinematic critique of global inequality comes in the guise of an upstairs/downstairs comedy set on a luxury yacht.

Triangle of Sadness was written and directed by Ruben Ostlund and won this year’s prestigious Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival. It begins, like the rest of Ostlund’s movies (Force Majeure, The Square), as an excruciating, albeit enjoyable, comedy of manners. When it devolves into something darker, the result is less penetrating than Ostlund might have preferred, morphing into a sex- and death-filled version of Gilligan's Island.