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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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Peter Howell, The Toronto Star

COMMENTS: A good, but not great year.  It will be remembered as the year Holy Motors revved its engines on the Croisette.

BEST FEATURE

1.  Holy Motors

2.  Amour (Love)

3.  Beyond the Hills

4. Moonrise Kingdom

5.  The Hunt

MOST DISAPPOINTING FILM

1.  Like Someone In Love

2.  You Ain't Seen Nothin' Yet!

3.  In Another Country

4.  The Paperboy

5.  The Taste of Money

BEST LEAD PERFORMANCE

1.  Denis Lavant, Holy Motors

2.  Jean-Louis Trintignant, Amour (Love)

3.  Mads Mikkelsen, The Hunt

4.  Jared Gilman, Moonrise Kingdom

5.  Cristina Flutur, Beyond the Hills

BEST SUPPORTING PERFORMANCE

1.  Emmanuelle Riva, Amour (Love)

2.  Kara Hayward, Moonrise Kingdom

3.  Cosmina Stratan, Beyond the Hills

4.  Marion Cotillard, Rust and Bone

5.  Viggo Mortensen, On the Road

Ben Kenigsberg, Time Out Chicago

BEST FEATURE

1. Beyond the Hills

2. Like Someone in Love

3. Moonrise Kingdom

4. Amour (Love)

5. Holy Motors

MOST DISAPPOINTING FILM

1. Killing Them Softly

BEST LEAD PERFORMANCE

1. Jean-Louis Trintingnant, Amour (Love)

2. Suzanne Clément, Laurence Anyways

3. Denis Lavant, Holy Motors

4. Cosmina Stratan, Beyond the Hills

5. Aniello Arena, Reality

Robert Koehler, Film Critic/Programmer

BEST FEATURE

1. Post Tenebras Lux

2. Holy Motors

3. Manhã de Santo António (short)

4. Hold Back (Rengaine)

5. Mekong Hotel

MOST DISAPPOINTING FILM

1. Beyond the Hills

2. Cosmopolis

3. Mystery

4. White Elephant

5. 11.25 The Day He Chose His Own Fate

BEST LEAD PERFORMANCE

1. Denis Lavant, Holy Motors

2. Mads Mikkelsen, The Hunt

3. Jean-Louis Trintignant, Amour (Love)

4. Tye Sheridan, Mud

Eric Kohn, Indiewire

COMMENTS: Expectations were impossibly high this year and so a number of world class auteurs failed to deliver the masterpieces expected of them. But my own top five list reflects an ample mixture of quality from veterans (Haneke, Carax, Garrone) and rising stars (Larraín, Wheatley). That's enough to keep Cannes relevant.

BEST FEATURE

1. Amour (Love)

2. Holy Motors

3. No

4. Sightseers

5. Reality

MOST DISAPPOINTING FILM

1. The Paperboy

2. Polluting Paradise

3. The Sapphires

4. Me and You

5. Beyond the Hills

BEST LEAD PERFORMANCE

1. Denis Lavant, Holy Motors

2. Emmanuelle Riva, Amour (Love)

3. Jean-Louis Trintignant, Amour (Love)

4. Gael Garcia Bernal, No

5. Mads Mikkelsen, The Hunt

BEST SUPPORTING PERFORMANCE

1. Edith Scob, Holy Motors

2. Paul Giamatti, Cosmopolis

3. Scoot McNairy, Killing Them Softly

4. Kristen Stewart, On the Road

5. Alfredo Castro, No

Manolis Kranakis, Flix

In general, a festival made out of great contradictions, combining films that were let downs (On the Road, Cosmopolis, The Paperboy) and films that turned out to be almost masterpieces (Amour, The Hunt, Rust and Bone, In the Fog). Above all, we'll all remember this as the the festival where Leos Carax was back with a vengeance with the best film of the whole festival and probably one of the best of the year and the years to come!

BEST FEATURE

1. Holy Motors

2. Amour (Love)

3. In the Fog

4. Rust and Bone

5. The Hunt

MOST DISAPPOINTING FILM

1. Cosmopolis

2. Reality

3. On the Road

4. The Paperboy

5. Post Tenebras Lux

BEST LEAD PERFORMANCE

1. Marion Cotillard, Rust and Bone

2. Denis Lavant, Holy Motors

3. Jean Louis Trintignant, Amour (Love)

4. Mads Mikkelsen, The Hunt

BEST SUPPORTING PERFORMANCE

1. Emmanuel Riva, Amour (Love)

2. Kylie Minogue, Holy Motors

3. Matthias Schoenaerts, Rust and Bone

4. William Ruane, The Angel's Share

5. Matthew McConaughey, 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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