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Triangle of Sadness (2022)

One of the most intriguing elements of the film is the opening scene, a model casting where we first meet Carl (Harris Dickinson). The boy shows the casting director his portfolio, which includes an advertising campaign for the (fictional) perfume Grande Ombre.

The black and white pictures remind me of the 2008 campaign for Giorgio Armani Acqua di Giò starring Lars Burmeister shot by Peter Lindbergh.

The bottle of Grand Ombre, with the distinctive round stopper, reminds me of the bottle housing most of Courrèges fragrances. Shown above is the 2012 version of Empreinte, the first Courrèges fragrance launched in 1970.

In tune with the satirical tone and atmosphere of the movie, Carl will reunite with Grande Ombre: he will find a full bottle of the fragrance in a dump on the island where he’s stranded after the cruise ship he was sailing on sinks.