Archive for May, 2014

Cannes 2014 Award Recap: A Disappointing Edition

Cannes 2014 Award Recap: A Disappointing Edition

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When a Cannes jury refuses to say if there were some arguments regarding the awards, we can assume that it was far from being a consensus. For example, Chinese director Jia Zhangke seemed to hint he wasn’t pleased with the disappointing Grand Prix Les Merveilles when he mentioned with irony he liked the scene featuring a camel. While Nuri Bilge […]

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Cannes 2014 Day 8: Mommy & Maïdan

Cannes 2014 Day 8: Mommy & Maïdan

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Mommy is certainly one of the strongest entries at the fest this year starting with its cast: As a brave mother struggling with a hyperactive, violent son, Suzanne Clément delivers an award-worthy haunting performance while Anne Dorval also deserves some supporting role praise as a neighbor with speech issues; and, of course, Antoine-Olivier Pilon (the crazed teenage son) should be […]

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Cannes Festival 2014 Day 7: Marion and Ryan

Cannes Festival 2014 Day 7: Marion and Ryan

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Following the screening of the Dardenne brothers, Deux jours, une nuit, it becomes clear that French actress Marion Cotillard (La Vie en Rose) seems to be one of the most serious contenders for the best actress award so far. Delivering a natural, sober and balanced performance, she portrays a woman who has one weekend to convince her co-workers to let their bonuses […]

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Cannes Film Festival 2014 Day 6 Recap

Cannes Film Festival 2014 Day 6 Recap

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To be frank, this 6th day proved to be quite a bit tame, especially as we were still under the spell of David Cronenberg’s haunting Hollywood satire Map of the Stars seen the day before. Talking about Tinseltown, the much talked about Foxcatcher was mostly worth watching for a series of strong performances starting with Steve Carell, almost unrecognizable as a […]

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Cannes 2014 Day 4 & 5: Glamourama

Cannes 2014 Day 4 & 5: Glamourama

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While Bertrand Bonello’s biopic about the famous fashion designer Yves Saint Laurent, received some great early reviews, this is yet another Bonello film which might be overestimated, as it was the case with the director’s previous work, House of Tolerance. While Gaspard Ulliel delivers a strong performance in the title role, the same cannot be said of Louis Garrel, an actor with very limited range. Other disappointments included […]

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Cannes 2014 Day 3: Fire & Ice

Cannes 2014 Day 3: Fire & Ice

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Even though Cannes festival goers and journalists spend most of their day in the darkness of movie theaters, the weather seems to always been on their mind, whether it’s to make conversations or to post some inept comments on social networks. Believe it or not, the weather can actually influence sharply the way a movie will be perceived, some films being […]

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Cannes 2014 Day 2

Cannes 2014 Day 2

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One of the highlights today was Mr. Turner, Mike Leigh’s biopic about the painter William Turner. Supported by a gorgeous cinematography, the film portrays the artist as a dandy struggling in a world which is evolving rapidly, most particularly with the emergence of trains, steam boats and photography. While he is a highly flawed figure with poor social skills, we can feel his sensibility […]

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Timbuktu

Timbuktu

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The opening scene of Timbuktu summarizes pretty well the theme of this film. A group of armed jihadists are chasing an antelope. They are shooting their AK47 not to kill it but to scare this animal, which is a metaphor for a young orphan seen running at the end of the movie. Those two scenes aim at underlining the premise […]

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Opening of the 2014 Cannes Film Festival

Opening of the 2014 Cannes Film Festival

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The 2014 Cannes Film Festival opened today with Olivier Dahan’s fake biopic about Grace Kelly, Grace of Monaco (read our film review here). Unsurprisingly, this controversial entry (the director and US distributor Harvey Weinstein have been fighting about the cut) proves to be a big mess and it’s easy to understand how the Rainier family distanced itself from this melodramatic […]

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Cannes Film Festival 2014

Cannes Film Festival 2014

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The 67th edition of the Cannes Film Festival was taking place from May 14th to May 25th 2014 in Cannes, France. Read our movie reviews below and check out our Cannes festival blog for exclusive pictures, commentaries and behind-the-scenes. OUR REVIEWS Ardor Breathe Grace of Monaco Maps to the Stars Saint Laurent The Homesman Timbuktu Tu Dors Nicole Two Days, One […]

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