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Vincent Cassel at the 2015 Cannes film festival

Cannes Film Festival 2015 – Day 5: My King and My Mother

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Maïwenn’s My King received quite a warm welcome at the end of its early morning – at least by Cannes’ standards – screening. Built on flashbacks, the script centers on a woman who, while being hospitalized for a ski accident, has reminiscences of old affair with a narcissist man. My King is mostly worth watching for Vincent Cassel’s performance as […]

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Matthew McConaughey & Naomi Watts at the 2015 Cannes film festival

Cannes Film Festival Day 4: Laughs and Tears

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Today’s Cannes event wasn’t about Sea of trees’ press conference, where neither Gus Van Sant, Matthew McConaughey nor Naomi Watts were able to shake off their film’s disappointment. Rather it was the screening of Nanni Moretti’s minimalist Mi Madre which offered the most touching moments. A mix of comedy and drama, the film centers on the last days of a movie director’s […]

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John C. Reilly at a Cannes film festival press conference.

Cannes Film Festival 2015: Day 3

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This third day at the 2015 Cannes film festival proved to be pretty disappointing. Starring John C. Reilly, Yorgos Lanthimos’s Lobster was a weird, icy work taking place in a totalitarian society. While Woody Allen’s wannabe existential Irrational Man also failed to impress, the biggest let down came from Gus Van Sant, his over-thought ghost story The Sea of Trees even […]

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Mad Max: Fury Road's Tom Hardy at a Cannes film festival 2015 press conference

Mad Max: Fury Road’s Charlize Theron and Tom Hardy at the Cannes Film Festival

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The second day of the 2015 Cannes film festival provided for some visually arresting moments.  Following a disappointing opening day with Emmanuelle Bercot’s demagogic Standing Tall and Matteo Garrone’s easy Tale of tales, Mad Max: Fury Road (read our review here) was certainly today’s highlight, even though it was out of competition, George Miller proving he was able to reinvent […]

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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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