The Favourite

The Favourite ★★★★★

CIFF 2018: film #7

“because i will not lie. that is love”

this killed me just like everyone knew it would. everything here is near perfect, and the power plays are absolutely ridiculous. the whole audience was laughing wildly during almost every scene. and it’s rare for me to thoroughly enjoy all lead characters in a film, but the three actresses really get to stretch their legs in these roles: i’ve never loved (and hated) emma stone more, and rachel weisz is brilliant as usual. and olivia colman brought emotional depth to what could have been such a dull one-note character. the combination of any or all of them had me on the edge of my seat for every single scene

hilarious and genuinely captivating, it just gets sillier until it doesn’t anymore. and it wasn’t until the end that yorgos pulled another lobster on me: i thought i was just having a good time, but without realizing it, i got sucked into a kind of love story. that’s what really drove the movie home for me, how connected i suddenly felt to the characters near the end. i was on the brink of crying and that feeling just snuck up on me and stayed

it’s maybe still a little early to tell, but i feel like this will definitely stay at the top of my 2018 list for the rest of the year. i can’t wait to rewatch it and see how it feels a second time

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