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Cannes Review: Christophe Honoré Sings The Same Old Song In Phony, Hollow 'Les Bien-Aimés'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 22, 2011 3:03 AM
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As the closing night film at Cannes -- and, as such, lumped in historically with such bland films as "The Tree," "What Just Happened?," "Chromophobia" and "The Age of Darkness" -- writer-director Christophe Honoré's "Les Bien-Aimés" (aka "The Beloved") is already at a disadvantage. Sidelined out of competition, offered up as a final course to cineastes whose metaphorical bellies are already set to burst from an excess of riches, no one was going to think too much about the movie, regardless of its quality. Honoré's film in fact falls short of even the minimal expectations set by circumstance, to be truly tedious, flat and hollow -- a recycled exploration of themes and techniques the director has used before inside the bloated casing of a movie with a 145-minute running time.

Watch: Musical Clip From Cannes Closer Christoph Honoré's ‘Les Bien-aimés’

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 3, 2011 5:05 AM
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Just over a week to go now until the Cannes Film Festival kicks off and the sneak peeks continue to roll in.

Christophe Honoré's 'Les Bien-aimés' The Official Closing Film Of The Cannes Film Festival

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 28, 2011 6:13 AM
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If last year had a dearth of big name celebs, attendees at the Cannes Film Festival this year will be beating them off with a stick. Johnny Depp, Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie, Sean Penn, Tilda Swinton, Ryan Gosling, John C. Reilly, Antonio Banderas, Kirsten Dunst, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Mia Wasikowska...the list goes on, and one more addition to the festival promises more paparazzi guests.

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