The storyline of the Triangle of Sadness
Ruben Östlund, the Swedish director behind The Square, has won the Palme d’Or for his latest film. Triangle of Sadness was a far more mysterious affair than The Square, but despite this – or maybe because of it – it was one of the most widely acclaimed films shown at Cannes. A director rarely gets to make not one but two Palme d’Or-winning films in their lifetime. At 44, Östlund is a young man – and if his films are any indication, he has plenty of time left to make even more classic works. Here’s everything you need to know about the Triangle of Sadness.
Names of the characters in the Triangle of Sadness
Here are the celebrity names mentioned below:
- Woody Harrelson
- Harris Dickinson as Carl
- Charlie Dean as Yaya
- Hanna Oldenburg
- Carolina Gynning as Ludmilla
- Zlatko Buric
- Linda Anborg as Luxury wife
- Oliver Ford Davies
- Dolly De Leon
- Vicki Berlin as Chief Stew Paula
- Iris Berben
- Beata Borelius as Influencer
- Arvin Kananian
- Sunny Melles
- Malte Gårdinger as Model
- Camilla Läckberg as Camilla Läckberg
- Shaniaz Hama Ali as Sofia
- Henrik Dorsin as Jorma Björkman
An incident inspired the film in Östlund’s youth
Östlund has always been fascinated by how we relate to each other. When he was eight years old, he first started thinking about this subject and saw a helicopter crash into a house during a rescue operation in his neighborhood. As he explains in his latest film, “it’s all about how the news media are creating the public image of a catastrophe.” The Triangle of Sadness is the second film Östlund has made with British actor Woody Harrelson. Woody Harrelson was already involved with the project when Östlund came on board, having starred in his previous Palme d’Or-winning film The Square. The American actor also serves as a “central character” in this new film.
The Triangle of Sadness is a broad satire, and everything in it is absurd.
Indeed, the cast rehearsed scenes and lines in the lead-up to shooting to ensure they didn’t get carried away by the absurdity of their character’s situations. At one point, the chief stew even strips naked for no discernible reason, prompting a burst of laughter from Östlund when he reviewed the footage later on. Harrelson’s character is a total narcissist who has his reality TV show Carl (Harris Dickinson), the,e chief stew of a local hotel and the only person who can get his hands on all the guest lists he needs. He wants to use this information to convince people to join him on his reality TV show, The Celebrity Hotel.
Harrelson and Östlund have “nothing in common” at all.
Talking about the idea for this film, Östlund described it as “a completely absurd movie that was completely out of the blue!” He had seen Carl on TV, and the two characters struck him as having nothing in common. At first, he wondered whether they could create something together, but it seemed impossible. Then he started thinking about how people are controlled by the media and created a storyline out of that idea.