Directed by Ruben Östlund, Triangle of Sadness is a satirical black comedy. The film follows a group of rich people on board a luxurious cruise where the crew members fulfill almost every absurd wish of the guests. Unfortunately, the ship sinks, leaving the guests and crew stranded on an island and struggling to survive.
‘Triangle of Sadness’ is a profound story that shows how hierarchies work in society. The depiction of the influence of social media and the class struggle is an important part of the story and makes the viewer think about its impact in the real world. If you love movies with such satirical elements, we have a list of movies for you. Most of these movies that are similar to Triangle of Sadness can be watched on Netflix, Hulu or Amazon Prime.
8. Lord of the Flies (1990)
Based on William Golding’s novel of the same name, Lord of the Flies is an offbeat film that brings a touch of politics to the island survival genre. When a plane full of students crashes, the students are stranded on a remote island. Soon the cadets are split into two groups led by Ralph and Jack. While Ralph’s group is civilized, Jack’s people are becoming savages, and tensions arise between the two squads.
The setting of the island and the fight for survival in Lord of the Flies are reminiscent of Triangle of Sadness. Also, the way Ralph stands out as a leader among the students is reminiscent of Abigail taking control of the survivors. Both films beautifully show how the survival instinct can change the human way of thinking and prevent people from seeing what is right and what is wrong.
7. The Beach (2000)
Directed by Danny Boyle and based on Alex Garland’s novel of the same name, The Beach follows Richard (Leonardo DiCaprio), a young American who wants to explore the world. When Richard (Leonardo DiCaprio) meets a couple who are going to a remote, uninhabited island, he decides to come along. However, when he gets there, he finds that the island is home to a group of people who belong to a cult and want to isolate themselves from the outside world.
Although The Beach’s plot differs greatly from that of Triangle of Sadness, the films are similar when it comes to the rules on the island. In addition, Richard and the leader of the community are similar to the relationship between Carl and Abigail. Both films are fascinating examples of survival, power and hierarchy.
6. Elysium (2013)
‘Elysium’ is a dystopian science fiction film that addresses the inequality between rich and poor. In the film, the rich live on a space station called Elysium, while the poor live on Earth, which is rotten and decadent. A man named Max decides to change that and bridge the gap between Earth and Elysium. Like Triangle of Sadness, Elysium shows how influential the elite class is and how those at the top of the hierarchy use their power for their own selfish motives. Another interesting aspect is how the balance of power shifts from the wealthy to those below them in both films. These facets add layers to the films and elevate the story for audiences.
5. The Square (2017)
Directed by Ruben Östlund, The Square tells the story of an art curator who creates a controversial art exhibition. The story follows his journey from discovering the idea for the artwork to the audience’s reaction to the exhibition. The entire narrative is a satirical take on the hubris that reigns in the arts industry. The Square contains several nuances about the elite class, their behavior and mindset reminiscent of Triangle of Sadness. Both films show how people perceive a work of art or a super yacht because of the price attached to it. These aspects make the film fascinating and leave the viewer with a poignant message.
4. Snowpiercer (2013)
Directed by Bong Joon-ho, Snowpiercer is based on the French graphic novel Le Transperceneige by Jacques Lob. The film shows classism and social hierarchy in a post-apocalyptic era. In the film, the entire planet is frozen, and there is only one train called the Snowpiercer that constantly travels around the world, transporting Earth’s only survivors.
Passengers are divided into different carriages depending on their class, which determines the conditions in which they live or survive. Curtis (Chris Evans) and a group of low-class people decide to break through the system and take control of the train. The amenities that the wealthy receive on the eponymous train are comparable to those of a superyacht, where guests enjoy all manner of luxuries. However, there is one crucial difference between the two films. As Curtis and his group actively seek to shift the balance of power, Abigail is made the leader by circumstance, not her efforts.
3. Sorry to Bother You (2018)
‘Sorry to Bother You’ is a surreal satirical film about Cassius/Cash, a black man who goes into the telemarketing business. He soon realizes that in order to be successful in this profession, he must adopt a white accent. So Cassius does this and gets rich over time. When all goes well, Cassius discovers how deeply entangled he is in a conspiracy. He has to choose between making money and doing what is right.
Although the tone of Sorry to Bother You and Triangle of Sadness differs, they are metaphorical representations of capitalism and classism respectively. Cassius’ transformation from a humble black man into a rich man who enjoys making money is beautiful. She reminds us of Carl from Triangle of Sadness, who wants to go from being an unpopular man to a social media sensation. Cassius and Carl show how people can be captivated by what they see without realizing the consequences.
2. Parasite (2019)
Bong Joon-Ho’s Parasite is a masterpiece when it comes to depicting classism. The black satirical comedy follows a poor family working in the home of a rich couple. However, things get dark when they take advantage of the homeowners’ trust and discover something shocking in their home. Both Triangle of Sadness and Parasite show how people crave what they can’t have. On the one hand, the lower-class family wants to get rich, on the other hand, Abigail wants the power to control an entire crew. Both films show how wealth and power can change people in bizarre ways. Parasite is an in-depth look at socioeconomic classes and people’s perceptions of those classes.
1. The Menu (2022)
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The Menu is a black horror comedy that follows a group of guests who travel to a remote island to be pampered by celebrity chef Julian Slowik (Ralph Fiennes). When guests get there, the dishes turn out to be not what they expected, and they soon realize why they were invited to the island. Like Triangle of Sadness, The Menu shows that for the elite, everything equates to money and status. In both films, the bubble in which the wealthy live bursts and they must struggle to survive. Both films keep viewers hooked until the very end as they follow the guests as they try to survive and get off the island.