Yórgos Lánthimos was made known with The Lobster and the killing of The sacred deer . The director of Greek strikes again. Favorite is a tragi-comedy in the England of the first years of the Eighteenth century. The story of queen Anne (Olivia Colman) and his courtesans (Rachel Weisz and Emma Stone), ready to everything, especially the worst, to get the favor of the sovereign. This love triangle, sexual, political, charmed the jury of the Venice film Festival this summer, which awarded him its Grand prize. Favorite made the race in the lead, on par with Roma , for the upcoming Oscars, on February 24, with ten nominations. The film deserves there be a rain of the oscars? Our columnists Jean-Christophe Buisson and Gregory Leménager debate.
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Jean-Christophe Buisson’s le Figaro Magazine laughed a lot in front of Favorite . The intelligence of the dialogues, the mise-en-scene crazy are very effective. Yórgos Lánthimos demonstrated a boldness rare in hollywood cinema. He created a world of women, terrible, violent. What do roar feminists. This is not politically correct. This alone, for Jean-Christophe Buisson, makes him deserving of the Oscars.
For Gregory Leménager (Obs) , this provocation hides a lack of depth. The plot is quickly given, not revealing much of the mystery. Remains a scene of Yórgos Lánthimos too supported. Favorite falls into the grotesque, doing nothing other than play with the codes of film costumes.