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Men (2022)

Director:
Alex Garland

COUNTRY
UK/USA

Genre
Mystery/Horror

NORWEGIAN TITLE
Men

RUNNING TIME
100 minutes

Producers:
Andrew Macdonald
Allon Reich

Screenwriters:
Alex Garland


Cast includes:

CHARACTER ACTOR/ACTRESS RATING

Harper Marlowe

Jessie Buckley
Geoffrey Rory Kinnear

James Marlowe

Paapa Essiedu

Riley

Gayle Rankin -

 

Review

Alex Garland's latest film is a thematic and visual hotchpotch of male guilt and disgust. But before we get to that, Garland demonstrates some of the suspense-building skills from Ex Machina and his ability to make the pure and beautiful seem ominous and chaotic. Jessie Buckley stars as a young woman who decides to rent a country house in an English village after her ex-boyfriend's suicide. But instead of fresh air and relaxation, she encounters suspicion, deception and a perennial, grotesque form of lust riddled with thousands of years of religious sin and shame in a finale that looks like something shot with Peter Greenaway's camera. Garland has proven before that he has the ability to make intriguing comments on cerebral conundrums and what it means to be human. He doesn't really do that here, even if Men in many ways is an accomplished piece and may resonate with some viewers. Buckley gives a totally invested performance in the lead.

Copyright 25.06.2022 Fredrik Gunerius Fevang

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