“THE POT-AU-FEU” | Cannes

This film is competing for the Palme D'Or
Benoît Magimel and Juliette Binoche
Directed by Tran Anh Hung

In mid-19th century France, Eugénie has worked for twenty years alongside the famous gastronome Dodin. She’s an expert at preparing French dishes, poring over the writings of Antonin Carême, a pastry chef from the same era, preparing her foods, adding a touch of novelty and carefully choosing radishes and carrots from the vegetable garden outside Dodin’s home. Over time, a passion develops between ... more >


This year's festival opener
Catherine Deneuve, Sara Forestier and Benoit Magimel
Directed by Emmanuelle Bercot

DAY 1 got off to a strong start with two films that are hopefully a harbinger of  things to come in this 68th edition of the Cannes Festival. I just finished watching the Matteo Garrone THE TELLER OF TALES, which was screened before the press at 7pm. I will talk about that film in a later post. French filmmaker Emmanuelle Bercot's LA TETE HAUTE is an uncensored and deftly-lensed look at youth ... more >

Inju: The Beast in the Shadow

Is there justice after all?
Benoît Magimel, Lika Minamoto and Shun Sugata.
Directed by Barbet Schroeder

It is not easy to review a truly horrendous film. For one thing, I know they exist out there but I don’t see enough of them to have determined a standard for the low point. For another, a corollary, there’s generally some redeeming feature in the worse films. Not in Barbet Schroeder’s Inju, however. It is just plain awful, an absurd thriller/horror story (the slash is particularly appropriate ... more >