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Cannes Review: Mathieu Amalric Paints Georges Simenon's 'The Blue Room'

It all begins simply enough: a man and a woman make love in a hotel room. She bites his lip in passion, he bleeds; a pattern has been set. Lying about afterwards, Esther (Stephanie Cleau) asks Julien (Amalric) if he could imagine a life together. He says yes, he could imagine it, though he's distracted, not hearing her clearly. Not wanting to, perhaps. But seriously, she says, if I was suddenly free...? We could get used to it, he says. What do you mean, she asks?
  • By Tom Christie
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  • May 17, 2014 12:42 PM
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Cannes: Sundance Selects Picks Up Mathieu Amalric's Un Certain Regard Entry 'The Blue Room'

Sundance Selects has made its first buy at the Cannes Film Festival, acquiring North American rights to director Mathieu Amalric's Un Certain Regard entry "The Blue Room."
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • May 16, 2014 3:56 PM
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Roman Polanski Gives Rare Interview About Career, Retirement and 'Venus in Fur' (CLIPS)

Never one to do much press, Roman Polanski offers Variety a rare interview in which he talks about his new film "Venus in Fur," working with his actress-wife Emmanuelle Seigner and his storied -- and stormy -- cinematic career.
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • April 11, 2014 12:42 PM
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Cannes Fest Diary: Le Weekend, from Compelling 'Jimmy P.' to Toback's Doc and 'Jodorowsky's Dune'

It was a weird, wooly and wet weekend in Cannes. And it began with what has to be one of the stranger ideas ever put forward for a film: “Jimmy P.: Psychotherapy of a Plains Indian” from Arnaud Desplechin (the wonderful “A Christmas Tale”). Based on a book by French anthropologist/psychotherapist George Deveraux, it’s the more or less true story of a Native American WWII vet, played by Benicio del Toro, who winds up in a military hospital suffering from post-war injuries, real or imagined. When the staff decides the problems are not physical, but don’t have a grasp on the potential mental issues an Indian might face, they call in Deveraux, who is also an expert in Native American culture.
  • By Tom Christie
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  • May 21, 2013 10:46 PM
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