Excerpts from the interview with the film’s crew and cast:

KINDS OF KINDNESS is a triptych fable, following a man without choice who tries to take
control of his own life; a policeman who is alarmed that his wife who was missing-at-sea has returned and seems a different person; and a woman determined to find a specific someone with a special ability, who is destined to become a prodigious spiritual leader.

The idea for KINDS OF KINDNESS had taken on multiple narrative forms over the years,
eventually evolving into an anthology. “We had started out with one story, but as we were working on
it, we thought that it might be interesting to make a film that has a different structure to what we had
done before,” Lanthimos explains. “As we identified the subsequent stories, we wanted to keep a
thematic thread, so it felt as if it all belonged under the same umbrella.”

Lanthimos admits that both him and Filippou have a very similar sensibility when it comes to
writing. “We’re able to build upon each other’s ideas,” he continues. “If one of us comes up with a
story, the other person can find elements to make it more interesting, or more complex. That works
really well for us and that’s why we keep working together.”
Adds Filippou, “Our main concern is to observe people, behaviours, clothes and reactions and
create a story that relates to something almost real and relatively believable. Our process throughout
the years is the same: back and forths of drafts, mutual trust, disagreements, and mutual trust once
more.”

Previously titled ‘RMF’ and then ‘AND,’ Lanthimos realised the practical issues with these
names so instead looked for something more polysemic. He shares, “I was looking for words that have
more than one meaning. Given the context of the film, and that the same actors play different
characters in each story, I wanted a title that made sense and looked and sounded right.

Once completing the screenplay with Filippou and during the production process, Lanthimos
had the idea that the same actors should play a different character in each story, to build a sense of
familiarity for the audience.

Initially, he wanted each character to be very visually different from one another. However, he
decided against that, noting, “The more we thought about it, the more we didn’t want it to become a
gimmick. We decided to have these subtle differences – with hair and makeup, and in their behaviour
and mannerisms – from one character to the next. They’re very different stories and characters, so
that in itself makes them stand out. Having the same actor go from one story to the next adds a sense
of continuation on a subconscious level. It was more about the actors changing speed and energy than
anything else.”

Guiney notes that, despite the stories involving different characters, there is a sense that they
take place in the same world: “Each story has a distinct narrative, but they all kind of live in the same
universe. It’s familiar in some ways, most notably the strange and unfamiliar behaviour of the
characters.”

Joe Alwyn, who plays Collectibles Appraise Man 1, Jerry, and Joseph, recalls his initial
conversations with Lanthimos regarding the structure of the film: “Reading the script, it almost felt like a return to some of his earlier films – a more contemporary world where he plays around with reality.
It’s both reality and it’s not.”

The themes of KINDS OF KINDNESS are prevalent throughout, specifically those of power,
control, free will, and the dynamics of human relationships. Explains Lowe, “A lot of Yorgos’ work
explores how people live their lives according to their own rules and those of society or a higher
authority. These themes are often taken to absurd (but darkly funny) heights and that is certainly the
case in KINDS OF KINDNESS.”

KINDS OF KINDNESS was a unique opportunity to work with an ensemble cast in an unusual
anthology, where its overarching throughline allowed each actor to weave their characters together
across its three stories

Having collaborated with Joe Alwyn on The Favourite, Lanthimos was eager to reunite with
him, gifting him with a range of contrasting characters. He plays this very small part of an English geezer
in the first story, then a funny part in the second where he is shot in the hand, and in the final story,
he plays quite a tricky character. Being friends in real life, Stone acknowledges that this helped,
especially in the final story. She shares, “I love Joe. We had to do some pretty dark stuff on this one, so it was extremely comforting to be with him because he’s one of the sweetest people you’ll ever
meet.”

… Chau was pleased to be involved in such a unique film – one that will potentially be divisive,
generating strong opinions. She discloses, “I’ve watched The Lobster a couple of times with separate
groups of friends, and they all have different reactions. That is what is unique about Yorgos’ films. It’s the sign of interesting and fresh work. Whether you can come out of the cinema and say that you liked it or not, doesn’t matter. It’s about having that sort of discussion with yourself about it.”
Alwyn agrees, noting that he felt strong reactions when he read the script, so wants audiences to feel the same. He comments, “There’s a fine line between something that makes you squirm and something that makes you laugh. It’s very hard to try and talk about a Yorgos film in a conventional
way.”

JOE ALWYN – Collectibles Appraiser Man 1, Jerry, and Joseph
Joe Alwyn made his acting debut starring as the title role in Oscar-winning director Ang Lee’s 2016 war drama Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk. Recent credits include Claire Denis’ film The Stars at Noon (which won the Grand Prix at Cannes in 2022) opposite Margaret Qualley, Lena Dunham’s Catherine Called Birdy, “Conversations With Friends” for Hulu (the adaptation of Sally Rooney’s debut literary sensation directed by Lenny Abrahamson), Josie Rourke’s Mary Queen of Scots, Joel Edgerton’s Boy Erased, Harriet with Cynthia Erivo directed by Kasi Lemmons, Joanna Hogg’s The Souvenir: Part II, Augustine Frizzell’s Last Letter From Your Lover and Yorgos Lanthimos’ award winning film The Favourite with Olivia Colman, Emma Stone and Rachel Weisz. Up next, Alwyn has Brady Corbet’s The Brutalist and Aneil Karia’s Hamlet opposite Riz Ahmed.

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