Cannes 2014 Day 4 & 5: Glamourama

Monica BellucciWhile 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 Alice Rohrwache’s Les Merveilles, which highlight was – arguably – a kitsch sequence featuring Monica Bellucci as a fairy and Kristian Levring’s The Salvation.

Hilary SwankOn the other hand, David Cronenberg’s Map to the stars is probably the most exciting entry so far. In this acerbic work, Mr. Cronenberg portrays Hollywood as a cynic, incestuous and schizophrenic world. Close from Brett Easton Ellis’ work,  Map to the stars is filled with superficiality, illusions and trashy violence, the Canadian filmmaker delivering here his own cerebral and sensual Mulholland Drive.

Another highlight was undoubtedly Tommy Lee Jones’ The Homesman, a superb western starring Hilary Swank & Tommy Lee Jones in two strong roles.

Photos: Monica Bellucci, Hilary Swank. (c) Moland Fengkov.

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Moland Fengkov

Moland Fengkov

Based in Paris, Moland is a journalist and photographer; He is more particularly responsible for covering the Cannes film festival for Plume Noire, writing movie reviews and taking gorgeous pictures.
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