The dialectical materialism theory, postulated by the great Karl Marx, says that ‘for every thesis, or an idea in society, there’s an antithesis. These two come together to a cohesive conclusion: a synthesis. Yorgos Lanthimos’ quirky and convoluted brand of cinema is the antithesis in the film industry. Distinctively different from any other contemporary filmmaker, Lanthimos self-admittedly ‘can’t make a straightforward film.’ Whenever I have watched his efforts on-screen, something has twitched. His ability to make his characters untenable and completely deprived of morality in a sense is empowering, while also making them vulnerable to other people. The way his erratic persona grows on you, second by second, is sheer brilliance in plain sight. Here we list all Yorgos Lanthimos movies, ranked from average to best. You can watch several of these best Yorgos Lanthimos movies on Netflix, Hulu or Amazon Prime.
7. My Best Friend (2001)
His directorial debut was a collaborative effort with Lakis Lazopoulus. An instinctive comedy-drama, ‘My Best Friend’ is a tragically liberating story about an innocuously gullible man, Konstadinos, whose misfortune is compounded, or rather turns into valuable discovery when he returns home to find his affable wife in bed with his best friend. Catastrophe strikes when Konstadinos’ life collapses with a downward spiral. The revelation sparks events that gloat of irresistible humor and ironic guilt from both the parties. The writing is a bit raw, with more emphasis on multiplying investments rather than achieving artistic perfection. Antonis Kafetzopoulos delivers a virtuoso performance in this surrealistic comedy about lies, friendship, love, and deceit.
6. Kinetta (2005)
Taking an intoned detour from his previous venture, ‘Kinetta’ is a huge improvement on his previous film. Calling ‘Kinetta’ a film inside a film wouldn’t be so wrong. Three individuals, each having a different personality and ambition in life, recreate macabre scenes, which involve violence inflicted upon one gender by the other. All takes shape in a lousy hotel, which is quite and hollow like a bird due to the off-season. Tackling themes like idle hands and a blatant abuse of power, ‘Kinetta’ reinvigorates, cinematically that is, the life of three profoundly uninspired and rather dull people and empowers them to do dangerous things they wouldn’t have dared to otherwise. With shades of ‘The Shining’ and Bertolucci’s mesmerizing ‘Dreamers’, ‘Kinetta’ is a fine effort from Lanthimos, while being far far away from his best work.
5. Alps (2013)