CANNES FESTIVAL, “Le Redoutable”

Starring Louis Garrel and Stacy Martin
Directed by Michel Hazanavicius

In "Le Redoutable" Michel Hazanavicius looks at a slice of Jean-Luc Godard’s career, during an uncertain moment of his life, at the end of the sixties. Godard had wanted to take his cinema in new, more politicized direction, and his relationship to his girlfriend was falling apart. This coincides with a time of great upheaval in France. The backlash from the Vietnam war, a renewal of interest for ... more >


CANNES FESTIVAL DAYS 4 AND 5, “American honey,” “Mal de Pierres” and “Paterson”

Three films from DAY 4 and 5

CANNES, France - “American Honey,” which I consider to be the best film out of this still-young Cannes Festival, played here last night. The Andrea Arnold-directed road movie stars newcomer Sasha Lane and Shia Labeouf and Riley Keough (Elvis’s granddaughter) and follows a crew of twentysomethings from all over the country (from Texas to Nebraska) who circle the mid-west selling magazine ... more >


A notable film by a noted filmmaker

“A villa in Italy” by French-italian filmmaker Valeria Bruni-Tedeschi provided a welcome dose of charm and comedy yesterday in Cannes. An exultant love letter to her brother, who died of AIDS several years ago, “Villa” is painfully autobiographical, in fact. Besides her brother (played by Filippo Timi) and her real-life mother (to whom former first lady Carla Bruni bears a striking resemblance) ... more >

Dans Paris

City of Light gets top billing in French film
Romain Duris, Louis Garrel and Alice Butaud
Directed by Christophe Honoré

Curiously, Dans Paris (Inside Paris), second feature-film from the young French director Christophe Honoré (Ma Mère) takes place in a suburb of the French capital. The City of Lights is never far from consciousness; and its proximity is constantly reaffirmed by the ubiquitous Eiffel Tower, visible out of most windows, and in numerous exterior shots. Jonathan (Louis Garrell) and Paul (Romain ... more >