This is the first film I ever watchlisted on Letterboxd. It’s been sitting there forever, so I finally decided to give it a go.
Ruben Östlund has to be the current crown prince of uncomfortable filmmaking. This is stressful, brutal and frustrating, yet I was so mesmerized and couldn’t look away. It’s a very uncompromising look at race relations, privilege, gang mentality and bullying presented unflinchingly in Östlund‘s notable, Haneke-esque long takes (the pacing of this film kinda reminded me of Code Unknown).
This is pretty much watching a two hour bullying session that feels like it’ll never end. While I think it’s great, I don’t know if I’d watch it again and I’d be careful of who I’d recommend it to, because it’s definitely not for everyone. It’s a different kind of stressful, not in the Uncut Gems kinda way where to me it’s a fun adrenaline rush, this is just brutal and uncomfortable.