Run time: 127 mins
Emerald Fennell, the director of Promising Young Woman, is back with a prickly black comedy centred around the high-cheekboned upper classes.
Barry Keoghan plays Oliver, a fresher at Oxford University in 2006. Oliver is keen to impress, but soon learns that he’ll never fit in. Oliver hails from a poor family in the north of England, whereas all his other bright young classmates have been swanning around the same rarefied circles their whole lives.
From the get-go, Oliver is dazzled and infatuated by the exquisitely beautiful aristocratic student Felix (Jacob Elordi). Touched by Oliver’s sad stories of his home life, Felix invites him for the summer vacation to his father’s enormous estate, Saltburn, where he meets the rest of Felix’s family: including his parents, played by Rosamund Pike and Richard E. Grant.
From there things begin to escalate, and the film evolves into a (very) horny, psycho-sexual thriller as Oliver descends into the darkest corners of this aristocratic hell-hole. But Oliver himself is playing his own devious game. Fennell crafts a hypnotic, lucious, and very funny thriller, one which relishes in its sins.