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Why George Lanthimos’ award was even more stunning than the movie itself.

George Lanthimos’ film is a manifesto, an ode to femicides, to how society expects the role of women to be, and how a woman wants to be in reality.

It starts with the way a father treats a daughter who wants to keep her in a protected environment, to shield her from dangers until he supports her choice to go out and explore the world. She herself decided to conquer her freedom and make a living in any way she knew how.

It showed her need to discover the world and at the same time how those around her, because she was a woman, did not want to let her do it and wanted to restrict her. In the end, she chose to resist the desires of her partner against social norms.

Ultimately, we see how, with her persistence, she achieved what she wanted and even more than that, and continued to improve herself and those around her. While everyone told her that she wouldn’t change the world with her will, she managed to change and evolve, at least herself.

Overall, we see the role of women and how men treat them, whether it’s a partner or a potential lover, or a father; in this case, the father recognized his mistakes and admitted them courageously.

What struck me the most is that the director is a man. This gives hope for a new world. A man sees what’s happening and tries to support women by creating a masterpiece. He sees that patriarchy and all this macho mentality not only oppress women but also men.

Lanthimos tackled the issue deeply, not just in terms of rights but also in terms of consequences. That I will dominate you until the bitter end. Either you’ll be my subservient woman and do what I want, or I’ll kill you. He also showed very strongly the cycle of abuse. That I’ll subject you to abusive behavior, and when it doesn’t work, I’ll turn it around and tell you I’ll become better. It was a weak moment. This is the point where most victims falter and return to the perpetrator, unable to escape the cycle of violence and abuse.

As a Greek coming from such a patriarchal society as Greece, Lanthimos manages to bring out the obvious and defend without strictly offending the framework of Greece but expanding to show that this mentality also extends to Europe. Being a Greek man and addressing such an issue is very important. He’s not a man from Sweden who strives much more for equality as they grow up in a different culture and mentality.

Moreover, this man went to receive the Golden Globe for his success and instead of showing his narcissistic side and thanking everyone, he started by wanting to thank Bruce Springsteen “who made me grow up as I did and of course Emma Stone.” This is not just a sign of maturity but also a sign that he stands so firmly on his feet and that’s why he makes such masterpieces. He went there at a moment dedicated to him, the projector fell on him, and instead of enjoying it, he wanted to thank those who contributed to what he is today, giving a message. That is, I’m going up here, I have a voice, and I want to thank you. This act alone is an example. That evening, with this particular act, he was exceptional once again.

His films are the ones you need to watch once, twice, and three times to understand them well, discovering more meanings each time. Bravo once again, George Lanthimos!

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