Director: Peter Strickland
Year Released: 2022
Greek writer "Stones" (Makis Papadimitriou), suffering from gastrointestinal issues, is hired to write about a "culinary collective" which includes Elle (Fatma Mohamed), Lamina (Ariane Labed) and Billy (Asa Butterfield) as they "perform" their "art" (which includes making noises while chopping up food ... or something), but run into problems when Jan (Gwendoline Christie), the Director of the Institute they're working for, starts meddling in their process. It's looking like The Duke of Burgundy is clearly an anomaly in Strickland's filmography, because this is (literally) half-baked drivel that talks way too much about Stones' flatulence and only seems to belittle legitimate performance art (like the work done by Fluxus and the Vienna Actionists, among others) and being closer in line with Natacha Stolz's "Interior Semiotics" and the even more classic "2 Girls 1 Cup" (do not search for either of these at work, obviously). Strickland cares considerably more about sound design and filming knobs on musical tools in extreme closeup than narrative cohesion, so if you're an audiophile it might be a treat for your ears but not the rest of your noggin. Also, this might have (unintentionally?) set the World Record for saying the word "flanger" the most times in a movie.