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Cannes Review: 'L'Apollonide' A Preposterous, Misguided, Sensationalist Bore About Prostitution

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 16, 2011 2:02 AM
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They say prostitution is the world's oldest profession and if that's true, then the discussion about legalizing it has been around just as long. Certainly the argument for doing so is not a bad one, and if done properly, it would create a safer environment for the women in the trade and their clients alike. For director Bertrand Bonello, "L'Apollonide" serves as his thesis on why prostitution needs to be legal but in championing the women he presumably made the movie for in such a woefully misguided, preposterous and exploitative piece of filmmaking, he undermines any point he's trying to make. Add to that a director who substitutes style for substance and you have one of the most tedious experiences so far on the Croisette this week.

Watch: NSFW Teaser Trailer For Cannes Competition Pic 'L’Apollonide'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 9, 2011 3:11 AM
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While this year's Cannes Film Festival is stacked with films already earning buzz well in advance of their trips to the south of France -- "Drive," "Melancholia," "We Need To Talk About Kevin," "The Skin I Live In," "This Must Be The Place," "The Tree Of Life" -- the real treat of the fest is always uncovering the movies that come a bit out of leftfield.

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