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Of the piquant picks from Cannes, I'm most salivating for Audiard's A PROPHET

By rania | Week of Wonders May 31, 2009 at 1:37AM

Of the piquant picks from Cannes, I'm most salivating for Audiard's A PROPHET
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No matter that it won the grand prize and garnered critical praise. I'm just high on Jacques Audiard right now. His films are bursting with the guts of life. I often think of his 1995 The Beat That My Heart Skipped, and not just because hottie star Romain Duris does a virtual strip over the course of the film.

Beat was a remake of James Toback's 1978 music-and-crime drama, Fingers, and I got to see the two directors together at the French Institute in 1996 on the occasion of an Audiard retrospective, which included my other faves, A Self-Made Hero and Read My Lips.

This is what auteurs are for. You love their work and can't wait to see what they'll do next.