Tag: Cannes Festival

The Transfiguration and Personal Shopper

You do not expect vampire movies and ghost stories at the Cannes Festival. But this time round we got both. The most impressive of the two new films was New Yorker Michael O’Shea’s The Transfiguration, in which Milo, a black teenager

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Loach and co at Cannes

There are few certainties at Cannes. But one of them is that British veteran Ken Loach will get an ovation for any new film he cares to put before us. The last time he was at Cannes with Jimmy’s Hall,

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Cannes Opener: Café Society

If you never know what you are going to get from Woody Allen, a director who writes notes on an old typewriter which do not always translate into great movies, the same could be said for the Cannes Festival’s opening

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Queen and Country

It seems such a waste of talent that John Boorman has had to wait since The Tiger’s Tale in 2006 to make another movie. At last there is one and, judging by the applause at the Directors’ Fortnight, Queen and

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The Captive

Canadian director Atom Egoyan’s story has a small girl taken from her father’s car while he is shopping. Years later, he is still searching for her and discovers the nasty secret of the abduction. The film works up to a

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Timbuktu

Malian director Abderrahmanne Sissako’s film tells what happens in Timbuktu when Islamist fundamentalists take over the surrounding area. Music is forbidden, as is football, and adulterers are buried in sand up to their heads and stoned to death. Sissako’s style

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The Wonders

This Italian competition film from Alice Rohrwacher has an ordinary family with a largely absent father effectively run by Gelsomina, the 12-year-old daughter who looks after the rest of the beekeeping brood. Her best trick is to allow a bee

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Grace De Monaco

It’s a long time since a really good film opened the Festival, and Oliver Dahan’s melodrama certainly isn’t it. It tells the highly fictionalized story of Grace Kelly, betrothed to Prince Rainier of Monaco, who has to decide whether to

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The Homesman

Actor-director Tommy Lee Jones, whose debut feature as film-maker was the highly praised The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada, also at Cannes, tells an affecting story of the Old West in The Homesman. He and a pious spinster (Hilary Swank)

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Mr Turner

Mike Leigh’s new film, a period piece like Topsy-Turvy, took a long time to finance but was clearly worth it in the end. It’s subject, of course, is England’s greatest painter, an eccentric genius whose odd life almost measured up

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