Flux Gourmet

United Kingdom, United States, Hungary 2022
In English, Greek and German, subtitles in Finnish
111 min
Suitable for audiences aged 12 and above
Director: Peter Strickland
Screenplay: Peter Strickland
Cast: Gwendoline Christie, Asa Butterfield, Fatma Mohamed, Makis Papadimitriou, Richard Bremmer, Ariane Labed, Leo Bill
Production: Serena Armitage, Pietro Greppi/Bankside Films
Print Source: Elävän kuvan keskus ELKE ry

Travel past the edge of the woods, located on the periphery of some unnamed European country, and you’ll find a large house. Inside, an institute dedicated to sponsoring artists who deal in “culinary and alimentary performance” has set up shop. Its mission: giving a safe space to those who push the boundaries of good taste, literal and otherwise.

Ever since unleashing the unsettling rape-revenge thriller Katalin Varga on an unsuspecting public back in 2009, British filmmaker Peter Strickland has made a comfortable berth for himself on the fringe of modern Eurosploitation, deconstructing disreputable genres of the distant past like a D.J. mixing beat breaks. -- You will need to have already developed said appetite for what Strickland dishes out going into Flux Gourmet, however, which can be viewed partially as a satirical jab at the relationship between patrons of the arts and those practice their craft at such folks’ financially underwritten whims. It’s also one of his signature hallucinogenic stews, which stirs in dissonant synthesizer noodlings, submissive relationships, and a decent amount of sleaze.

David Fear, Rolling Stone