Some Best Scene Selections From the Cannes Critics Poll - Featuring Cats!

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by Steve Greene
May 31, 2013 11:18 AM
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Ari Folman's "The Congress."
Quick! What do these things have in common?

"Infamous slapping."

"Robin Wright being body scanned."

"The tape."

"Child painter."

"Matt Damon x Donna Summer."

Well, if you're an astute headline reader or an eager link-clicker, you've probably realized these are all scenes from films that played at Cannes 2013.

One of the interesting things about these collections of scenes is that so many of the other critics' picks have to do with the closing moments of a film. If all the comments on these scenes were laid out in one continuous list, Ctrl+F+"final scene" would have plenty of results. At a festival, where first impressions are so vital to helping form a collective opinion, it makes sense that a number of memorable sequences would be those last galvanizing moments where a film potentially jumped from noteworthy to "Best." 

It's also curious to see which films feature a number of different scenes and which ones have a particular section (or single image) that people keep returning to. In our SXSW poll, there was an individual moment from "Cheap Thrills" that garnered multiple mentions. Some critics referred to a particular line, some were more vague and some gave just enough information to let your imagination fill in the rest.

For Cannes, "Blue is the Warmest Color" got votes for scenes all across its three-hour runtime. It makes sense that a prize-winning film would have plenty of memorable moments to choose from. But if I wasn't intrigued enough for the bonkers-fest that Ari Folman's "The Congress" purports to be, everyone's praise for the animated sequences has certainly taken that interest up another notch.

And how about the scenes with the "Inside Llewyn Davis" cat? (He totally got a Best Supporting Performance vote, by the way.) Or a memorable cry of a four-letter word from a certain erstwhile "Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid" co-star? These are scenes that, in good time, will populate theaters (and possibly our DVD libraries). I can't wait.

See more of the Best Scenes and the rest of the 2013 Cannes Critics Poll Results here.

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