Yorgos Lanthimos’ first solo directorial debut, Kinetta, has finally arrived on Blu-ray, courtesy of Kino Lorber.
While we can definitely see shades of the genius to come in his subsequent films here, Lanthimos completely alienated me with Kinetta.
Basically, three strangers at a seaside resort who share mutual quirks and disturbing obsessions form a kind of alliance during the slow off-season. The relationship between the three is barely explored, and as a result, we do not care about them or anything that we see them doing. A few scenes involving the re-enactments of murders are unsettling, mildly amusing and, at times, very funny – but they ultimately serve no other purpose. They’re just tacked on, like most everything here. You find yourself sitting there, waiting for it to end, wondering if this could really be the work of the same man who gave us Dogtooth and The Favourite.
Only for completists. The Blu-Ray is now available for purchase. It contains an audio commentary by Amy Simmons.