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Oscars: Can 'Foxcatcher,' 'Eleanor Rigby' & 'Mr. Turner' Go From Cannes To Awards Success?

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • May 22, 2014 3:01 PM
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Though there’s still a couple of days and a few high-profile premieres to come, things are starting to wind down here in Cannes. So while that means a chance to catch up on reviews, and on stuff we missed earlier in the festival, it’s also a opportunity to have a breath and take stock of what’s come over the last week or so. And, we say with a semi-heavy heart, to start to work out which of the big Croisette premieres might stay the distance all the way through to the upcoming awards season.

Cannes Review: Stéphane Lafleur's Delightful Québécois Comedy 'Tu Dors Nicole' Is The Hidden Gem Of The Festival

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • May 22, 2014 2:32 PM
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Tu Dors Nicole
Even more so than the hotly-tipped, much anticipated big-ticket movies, one of the true delights of a film festival is rolling the dice and seeing something you know nothing about. Going to see a picture that's under the radar, that doesn't yet have buzz, and you don't even know the logline for, and could really be anything. Sure, sometimes you'll end up with a borderline unwatchable, relentlessly grim disaster. But sometimes you'll stumble across something wonderful. And so it was a couple of nights ago with "Tu Dors, Nicole" (or "You're Sleeping, Nicole"), the new film from Québécois helmer Stéphane Lafleur, who's directed two previous, relatively little-seen features, but is probably best known as the editor behind 2011's Oscar-nominated "Monsieur Lazhar."

The 10 Biggest Cannes Palme d'Or Blunders

  • By The Playlist Staff
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  • May 22, 2014 2:06 PM
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Cannes, Palme d'Or Poor Decisions, ThePlaylist
Over a week in, and we’ve seen almost all that the 2014 Cannes Film Festival has had to offer in the Official Competition — only Andrey Zvyagintsev’s “Leviathan,” which just screened right about now, and Olivier Assayas’ “The Clouds Of Sils Maria” have still to unspool, and you’ll have read our verdicts on everything (and if not, you can catch up on our coverage here). Jane Campion’s jury have probably already started to deliberate, and Cannes gossip is already focused on who’s going to win. The Dardennes? (Again) The Leigh? The Miller? The Ceylan? The Kawase? The Dolan?

Cannes Review: Jean-Luc Godard's Playful, Sly, Frustrating 'Goodbye To Language' (In 3D!)

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • May 22, 2014 10:38 AM
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Goodbye To Language
You can't teach old dog new tricks, they say. Some filmmakers become so set in their ways that others, like Quentin Tarantino or Steven Soderbergh, vow to hang up their viewfinders before they ever reach that point. But over 50 years after his feature-length debut "Breathless" turned the form on its head, and at the grand old age of 83, Jean-Luc Godard has returned to Cannes (not, it should be said, in person) with his first film in Competition in over a decade to prove them wrong. And prove them wrong he has: Godard's bite-sized latest (running barely 70 minutes long) isn't going to turn around anyone who gave up on the director long ago: it is very much a Jean-Luc Godard joint. But there's also a lot to chew on here, and a sense of play that was decidedly lacking in "Film Socialisme," not least when the director's messing around with his new toy: 3D.

Watch: Jealousy & Desire Collide In First Trailer For 'Clouds Of Sils Maria' Starring Kristen Stewart & Juliette Binoche

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 22, 2014 9:04 AM
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Clouds Of Sils Maria
The Cannes Film Festival is drawing to a close, but things are just heating up. The Palme d'Or is still very much up for grabs, and one major film yet to screen in Competition is Olivier Assayas' "Clouds Of Sils Maria." And after handfuls of clips and images, the first trailer has arrived and it's promising stuff.

Watch: Counting Crows Powered First Clip From 'Mommy' Plus Xavier Dolan's Statement On Shooting In 1:1 Aspect Ratio

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 22, 2014 8:45 AM
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Mommy, Dolan
With his fifth film, twenty-five year old director Xavier Dolan finally played in Competition at Cannes with "Mommy," and he made the most of the opportunity. Yesterday, raves started coming in from all corners for the movie, with our own Jessica Kiang declaring the picture to be "vibrant, intoxicating, illuminating" and now you can get a taste with the first clip from the flim.

Cannes Review: Ken Loach’s Twee And Tweedy ‘Jimmy’s Hall’

  • By Jessica Kiang
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  • May 22, 2014 7:29 AM
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Jimmy's Hall
It was announced here in Cannes that Ken Loach, who had long mooted this year’s Competition entry “Jimmy’s Hall” as his last film, had at least partially relented (possibly in the face of the general rending of clothes and gnashing of teeth that greeted the suggestion here: Cannes loves Ken), and is thinking of embarking on another project. Good thing too, because “Jimmy’s Hall” would be no great cap to a long, singular filmmaking career--it’s a twee and tweedy period “Footloose,” into which Loach’s trademark left wing sympathies are not so much woven as photocopied and stapled onto alternate pages of the script. The Robbie Ryan cinematography ensures everything looks tremendous, all emeralds and warm browns and autumnal Irish ochers, but it’s a richness and texture that isn’t matched by anything else in the film. Well, okay, the costuming is excellent too.

Cannes Review: Xavier Dolan's F'd-Up, Profane And Amazingly Alive 'Mommy'

  • By Jessica Kiang
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  • May 21, 2014 5:38 PM
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Mommy
We remember watching a directors' roundtable one day and the question was asked of the assembled filmmakers "what is the hardest part of directing?" They all agreed that the hardest thing was to create a sense of life: inside a frame in which everything included therein is a choice, the hardest thing is to make it feel part of the world, unmanufactured, organic, alive. They should maybe just hang around mopping up the spillover from "Mommy," the tremendous new film from Canadian wunderkind Xavier Dolan, because, by some distance his best film, it is also one of the most vibrant, intoxicating, illuminating films of this or any Cannes, and it's a little like we can still feel it thrumming through our veins.

Cannes Review: Zhang Yimou's ‘Coming Home’ Starring Gong Li

  • By Jessica Kiang
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  • May 21, 2014 4:11 PM
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Coming Home
The tale spans decades and revolutions; the central relationship is a love affair so unending that it can even survive one of the participants no longer recognizing the other; the plinky piano soundtrack runs the gamut from plaintive to plaintive; no, this is not a soupy 1950s melodrama, but the new film from revered Chinese director Zhang Yimou. “Coming Home,” the eighth collaboration between the director and his first and most frequent leading lady Gong Li plays pointedly Out of Competition in Cannes, and while tears will be jerked, heartstrings plucked and throats enlumpened, it has to go down as a disappointment in the director’s catalogue.

Cannes Film Festival: The Mid-Way Report & Those Chasing The Palme d’Or

  • By Nikola Grozdanovic
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  • May 21, 2014 2:04 PM
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Time for a little mid-Cannes Palme check-up. Out of a conservative eighteen films playing in competition, there’s only four left to go. In the madness of press lines, while fighting sleepless nights and ignoring growling stomachs, we have managed to see and review all fourteen films and our grades have covered all ranges; from near-failures (“The Captive,” “The Search”) to total winners (“Foxcatcher,” “Mr. Turner”) But that’s just us. Daily magazines at Cannes like Screen International love to pool critics’ opinion into a consensus and analyze who’s got the edge for the Palme. So let’s take a closer look at what’s favored, and what we thought of each one (with a little special attention given to a particular Turkish talkie.)

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