In honor of the second anniversary of ‘The Favourite’ on November 23rd, here are the top four Yorgos Lanthimos films to watch now!

Written by: Tea Kingley – December 1st, 2020 11:30 am pst

Top 4 Yorgos Lanthimos Films

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Yorgos Lanthimos is a Greek writer-director who specializes in dark, surrealist, dry humor films. Although his style isn’t for everyone, he has been nominated for a total of four Academy Awards, and he’s one of my personal favorite directors working today. His latest film, The Favourite, came out two years ago last week, and is his largest commercial success thus far. In honor of this anniversary, here are the top four Lanthimos films to watch now!

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    One of the writer and director’s earlier works, Dogtooth (2009) is a deeply weird movie about parents who keep their children on their property for their whole lives and, thus, keep them ignorant of the outside world. The parents tell the children that it’s only safe to leave once they lose a “dogtooth,” or canine, and that they can only leave by car so they won’t just run away. When a visitor from the outside world is allowed in, the children barter using sex acts (though they don’t understand that that’s what they’re doing) to get items from the outside. The film is as nightmarish as it sounds, but that didn’t stop it from receiving an Oscar nomination for Best Foreign Film… yes, that means it’s in greek, so if you’re down for subtitles and dark absurdity I would definitely recommend giving this doozy of a film a watch.

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  1. Next up is The Favourite itself! This period black comedy, released in 2018, has a star studded cast including Olivia Colman, Rachel Weisz, Emma Stone, and more. The film follows two cousins vying for the attention of Queen Anne in 18th century England. Of course, manipulation, brattiness, deception, and disgust ensue, and that combined with the dark humor makes this definitely one of the most fun period pieces out there — it even tied for the most Oscar nominations that year with 10 total, and Colman won the Best Actress title for her work!

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  1. Lanthimos’ first english language film, The Lobster, was released in 2015 and is an absurdist black comedy starring Colin Farrel and Rachel Weisz, both frequent Lanthimos collaborators. In this dystopian world, single people are given 45 days to find a significant other or they will be turned into an animal of their choosing — the main character’s choice is, of course, a lobster. However, residents may extend their deadline by hunting single people in the forest; each one they capture earns them one extra day to find a mate. The loners in the forest abide by the opposite rule: romance is forbidden, with the punishment being mutilation. We follow Farrel’s character’s journey trying to find a partner in this crazy world, and this Best Original Screenplay nominated film is a must watch for sure.

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1. This might be a controversial choice, but wouldn’t any film of Lanthimos’ be a controversial choice? The number one best Yorgos Lanthimos film is, wait for it… The Killing of a Sacred Deer (2017). Again starring Colin Farrel alongside Nicole Kidman and Barry Keoghan, this film is an absurdist take on the psychological thriller genre that follows Farrel as a cardiac surgeon who befriends a teenage boy before his family begins falling mysteriously ill. I won’t spoil anything as the twist in the middle of this film is one of my favorite parts, but I will say that, when I saw it in theaters, this film had the most walkouts mid movie that I’ve EVER experienced (and I saw mother! in theaters), and if that doesn’t make you want to watch it then I don’t know what will.

About The Author:

Tea Kingley is a senior at Emerson College who is majoring in Marketing and Film. She is passionate about all things entertainment and loves being both in front of the camera and a member of the crew. Tea also enjoys marketing, social media, and writing. She’s a TV, movie, and pop culture aficionado. Tea is always eager to discuss the latest releases and news.

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