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23rd Annual Chicago European Union Film Festival

The Waiter

2018, Steve Kriskris, Greece, 104 min.
With Aris Servetalis, Yannis Stankoglou

Show Times

  • Fri, Mar 13th 8:00pm
  • Thu, Mar 19th 8:00pm

“Transforms a quietly observational story, with echoes of Aki Kaurismaki’s poker-faced dramedies, into something closer to James M. Cain…compelling to watch.”—Jordan Mintzer, Hollywood Reporter

The Greek cinema’s so-called “weird wave,” spearheaded by Yorgos Lanthimos (THE LOBSTER), strikes again, with this deadpan tale of a staid waiter who is sucked into a series of odd encounters in a neighboring apartment of his high-rise. Renos (Servetalis) waits tables in an upscale patisserie, and otherwise keeps to himself in a life based on ritualized routine. One day, the man across the hall, with whom he has a nodding acquaintance, is replaced by a stranger, who claims to be a house-sitter. A suspicious bag in the building dumpster suggests another possibility. The stranger makes insistent chummy overtures of friendship, including an invitation to dinner. A gourmet meal of unknown provenance, and the meeting with a compliant femme fatale, lead to a sinister ménage a trois. In Greek with English subtitles. DCP digital. Courtesy of TVCO. (BS)

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