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Criticwire at Cannes: The Top Films and Performances Poll

Photo of Steve Greene By Steve Greene | Criticwire May 29, 2012 at 12:58PM

"Amour" and "Holy Motors" close out Cannes as the Criticwire favorites, but what gangsters and singers also made the best of the festival lists? And which films drew both applause and disappointment?
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Gael Garcia Bernal in "No."
Gael Garcia Bernal in "No."
Kaleem Aftab, The Independent

BEST FEATURE

1. No

2. Amour (Love)

3. Holy Motors

4. Despues de Lucia

5. Killing Them Softly

MOST DISAPPOINTING FILM

1. Lawless

2. Like Someone in Love

3. Confessions of a Child of a Century

4. On the Road

5. Rust and Bone

BEST LEAD PERFORMANCE

1. Denis Lavant, Holy Motors

2. Jean-Louis Trintignant, Amour (Love)

3. Gael Garcia Bernal, No

4. Tessa Ia, Despues de Lucia

5. Melvil Poupard / Suzanne Clement, Laurence Anyways

BEST SUPPORTING PERFORMANCE

1. Adila Bendimerad, El Taaib

2. Eva Mendes, Holy Motors

3. Scoot McNairy, Killing Them Softly

4. Nicole Kidman, The Paperboy

5. Kylie Minogue, Holy Motors

Ryland Aldrich, Twitch

BEST FEATURE

1. Beasts of the Southern Wild

2. Killing Them Softly

3. Moonrise Kingdom

4. Reality

5. Paradise: Love

MOST DISAPPOINTING FILM

1. For Love's Sake (The Legend of Love & Sincerity)

2. God's Horses

3. Like Someone in Love

BEST LEAD PERFORMANCE

1. Marion Cotillard, Rust and Bone

2. Aniello Arena, Reality

3. Margarete Tiesel, Paradise: Love

4. Quvenzhané Wallis, Beasts of the Southern Wild

5. Matthias Schoenaerts, Rust and Bone

BEST SUPPORTING PERFORMANCE

1. James Gandolfini, Killing Them Softly

2. Ben Mendelsohn, Killing Them Softly

3. Bruce Willis, Moonrise Kingdom

Raffi Asdourian, The Film Stage

COMMENTS: From Haneke's heart-wrenching 'Amour' to Kiarostami's subdued 'Someone in Love,' this year's Cannes lineup was full of surprises and seemed to have bit of everything for everyone. The strong presence of American films reverberated through the palais, despite being more uneven than others in competition. In addition, some films in the director fortnight like Pablo Lorrain's 'No' and Ben Wheatley's 'Sightseers' were definite high points in the fest. Another big highlight were the interludes of intense surrealism from Carax with 'Holy Motors' and Reygadas with 'Post Tenebras Lux'. This year's festival had a few more lulls than last year, but when films were great they were really great.

BEST FEATURE

1. Amour (Love)

2. Like Someone in Love

3. Holy Motors

4. Killing Them Softly

5. Reality

MOST DISAPPOINTING FILM

1. The Paperboy

2. Mekong Hotel

3. On the Road

4. Cosmopolis

5. Beyond the Hills

BEST LEAD PERFORMANCE

1. Jean-Louis Trintignant/Emmanuelle Riva, Amour (Love)

2. Aniello Arena, Reality

3. Matthias Schoenaerts, Rust and Bone

4. Tye Sheridan, Mud

5. Rin Takashi, Like Someone in Love

BEST SUPPORTING PERFORMANCE

1. Marion Cotillard, Rust and Bone

2. Guy Pearce, Lawless

3. Bruce Willis, Moonrise Kingdom

4. Tadashi Okuno, Like Someone in Love

5. James Gandolfini, Killing Them Softly

Anna Bielak, Smells Like Screen Spirit

BEST FEATURE

1. Holy Motors

2. Amour (Love)

3. The Angels' Share

4. Mud

5. Paradise: Love

MOST DISAPPOINTING FILM

1. Cosmopolis

2. Lawless

3. Rust and Bone

4. Killing Them Softly

5. Post Tenebras Lux

BEST LEAD PERFORMANCE

1. Denis Lavant, Holy Motors

2. Matthew McConaughey, Mud

3. Cosmina Stratan/Cristina Flutur, Beyond the Hill

4. Jared Gilman/Kara Hayward, Moonrise Kingdom

5. Jean-Louis Trintignant, Amour (Love)

BEST SUPPORTING PERFORMANCE

1. Emmanuelle Riva, Amour (Love)

2. Nicole Kidman, The Paperboy

3. Macy Gray, The Paperboy

4. Bruce Willis, Moonrise Kingdom

5. Kristen Stewart, On the Road

Alex Billington, First Showing

COMMENTS: While I still feel the selection from 2011 was better overall, it was another excellent year in Cannes with many great discoveries and fantastic films. The ones that ended up surprising me and that I loved the most came from filmmakers I didn't expect to love, and were very unique works of cinema. I can't wait to return next year, but I'm also very anxious to see where many films from this year go.

BEST FEATURE

1. Mud

2. Rust and Bone

3. Holy Motors

4. Like Someone in Love

5. Laurence Anyways

MOST DISAPPOINTING FILM

1. Cosmopolis

2. On the Road

3. The We and the I

BEST LEAD PERFORMANCE

1. Denis Lavant, Holy Motors

2. Tye Sheridan, Mud

3. Marion Cotillard, Rust and Bone

4. Mads Mikkelsen, The Hunt

5. Matthias Schoenaerts, Rust and Bone

Mike D’Angelo, The AV Club

BEST FEATURE

1. Holy Motors

2. Amour

3. Moonrise Kingdom

4. You Ain't Seen Nothin' Yet!

5. No

MOST DISAPPOINTING FILM

1. Like Someone in Love

2. Mekong Hotel

3. Post Tenebras Lux

4. In Another Country

5. Laurence Anyways

BEST LEAD PERFORMANCE

1. Denis Lavant, Holy Motors

2. Suzanne Clement, Laurence Anyways

3. Jean-Louis Trintignant, Amour (Love)

4. Emmanuelle Riva, Amour (Love)

5. Paul Brannigan, The Angel's Share

BEST SUPPORTING PERFORMANCE

1. Sarah Gadon, Cosmopolis

2. Garrett Hedlund, On the Road

3. Scoot McNairy, Killing Them Softly

4. Ben Mendelsohn, Killing Them Softly

5. Macy Gray, The Paperboy

This article is related to: Cannes Film Festival, Amour, Holy Motors , James Gandolfini, Ben Mendelsohn, Denis Lavant, Macy Gray, Cosmopolis, Beasts of the Southern Wild, Kristen Stewart


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