How about some weird, wild excess this weekend?

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How about some weird, wild excess this weekend?

From helicopter parenting to self-destruction and the London punk scene, these three films are must-watch

Features writer, film and series reviewer

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Yorgos Lanthimos’s second feature, from 2009, put the Greek director’s macabre mix of psychological horror, surreal set-ups and icily observed humour firmly on the map. As social isolation and various degrees of hermit-style living persist in the age of Covid-19, it also has an unforeseen relevance.

It’s the story of three siblings, forcibly isolated from the world by their parents — a caricature of helicopter parenting — and fed bizarre misinformation for no discernible reason. Their father is the only member of the household who ventures outside to work, sometimes returning in the company of a sex worker hired to take care of his son’s sexual needs; sometimes bearing groceries from which the labels have been carefully removed. The children, ever curious and perplexed, find their own ways of entertainment while questioning the “facts” they’re given by their parents and hatching a plot to escape...

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