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Circuit Q&A – What’s Your Favorite Yorgos Lanthimos Film?

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With films like The Lobster and The Favourite,” the Academy Awards-nominated Lanthimos has established himself as one of the most intriguing and masterful directors working today. He has a keen eye for the absurd, deadpan dialogue, and making the morose mundane. Or perhaps the mundane the morose. Viewers are just as likely to laugh as they are to teeter uncomfortably in their seats. Lanthimos deals with such subjects as a dystopian society that forces marriage upon singletons or else turns them into an animal (“The Lobster”) and a father who must kill a family member (“The Killing of A Sacred Deer”). The director wins accolades and ignites debates and fierce fandom.

“The Killing of a Sacred Deer” (2017), dir. Yorgos Lanthimos

How To Describe His Cinematic Style?

Few leave a Lanthimos picture without grappling with some kind of ethical question. His films seem to call for an attentive viewer. His oeuvre asks probing social questions. The movies will have you think about the self in relation to the whole. And quite crucially, Lanthimos will probably leave the viewer wondering what they themselves would do in certain, often impossible and cruel, situations. Say, one where they had an opportunity to regain a lost crown (“The Favourite”), or how to survive if forced into exile and linguistic limbo by your parents (“Dogtooth”).

“Dogtooth” (2009), dir. Yorgos Lanthimos

A Filmography of Farce

Many might be familiar with his recent English language work, dating back to “The Lobster,” but Lanthimos cemented his cinematic voice in his native Greece, with features like “My Best Friend,” “Kinetta,” “Dogtooth,” and “Alps,” before transitioning to English language films. His films feel larger than life. Having once binge-watched several of his movies one night, there is an impression of emerging hours later my mind a flurry of thoughts, dystopia, nightmares, the remnants of biting humor still gnawing. Almost certainly, viewers will be looking forward to his pioneering work for years to come.

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“Alps” (2011), dir. Yorgos Lanthimos

What’s Your Favorite Yorgos Lanthimos Film? Let Us Know in The Comments Below! 


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Written by Isabella Deleo

Isabella maintains that "Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist" is a criminally underrated film. You can follow her on Twitter @isabellabdeleo.


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Raquel S.

Definitely The Lobster but I also loved Killing of a Sacred Deer and The Favourite. Dogtooth was amazing and shocking. He’s such an innovative and provocative filmmaker.

Bobby 3 sticks

The Killing of a Sacred Deer

Calvin Damon

The Lobster with The Favourite not too far behind. Sacred Deer was good as well, but not nearly as good as the other two. I have not seen any of his other films, but I want to see Dogtooth.


The Lobster and the Favourite are so close that I’m not sure which one I like more. They’re both four star movies as far as I’m concerned, so I’m not sure if I can choose which one is my favorite. Killing of a Sacred Deer is also very good, but not quite at the level of those other two.


I applaud the restraint it must have taken you not to spell favorite with a ‘u’ for this question. I’ll go with The Favourite.


I love all of them the same but I think The Favourite is slightly ahead. It feels more mature than his other works.


The Sacred Deer for me. For me it is a masterpiece…and the way the unkown beyond powers strikes down to a helpless parent is beyond fascinating through Lanthimos eyes



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