Cannes Reviews 2012

Cannes Review: Holy Motors

Cannes Review: Holy Motors

“One of the most bizarre cinematic experience you’ll ever encounter…” It’s been 13 years since innovative French film maker Leos Carax last made a movie, but he’s returned on fine form here at the Cannes Film Festival giving him a surefire shot at a Palme d’Or nomination to say the least with his new bizarre […]

Cannes Review: The Paperboy

“An immensely enjoyable film to indulge in, and one that is all but set to gain a cult following…” Playing out to a rather raucous, scathing audience here at the Cannes Film Festival, The Paperboy is Lee Daniels’ follow up to the Oscar winning Precious, and in what is a brilliantly dark and trashy piece, […]

Cannes Review: Sightseers

Given the success of Sightseers on this year’s festival circuit – with well-received showings at both Cannes and Toronto – and not to mention the brilliance of director Ben Wheatley’s previous feature Kill List – big things were to be expected of his follow-up feature, and although funny in parts, I couldn’t help feeling somewhat […]

Cannes Review: Like Someone in Love

Competing at Cannes, legendary director Abbas Kiarostami arrives with only his second film made outside of his native Iran. 2010’s Italian set Certified Copy was a puzzling if not intriguing film and Like Someone in Love isn’t much different. Despite the Tokyo setting and all-Japanese cast, this is undoubtedly a Kiarostami film. With its often […]

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Cannes Review: Our Children

“An emotional and poignant study of character…” The last time we were subject to a film featuring both Tahar Rahim and Niels Arestrup it was in the outstanding A Prophet, and now the pair return on screen together, this time in Joachim Lafosse’s Our Children – which may not be as compelling as the aforementioned […]

Cannes Review: Beyond the Hills

“The patient viewer is rewarded…” Following on from the immense critical response to Cristian Mungiu’s Palme d’Or winning 4 Months, 3 Weeks & 2 Days, the Romanian returns with Beyond the Hills, and although not quite as affecting as his previous effort, remains a more than credible return for the talented director. Voichita (Cosmina Stratan) […]

Cannes Review: NO

“No is an absolute must-watch, and not only for politically minded people with an interest in that particular time in Chile, but for any cinephile” Director Pablo Larrain’s third and final installment of his “accidental” trilogy has deservedly earned him an Oscar nomination for Best Foreign Language Film, the first time that a Chilean film […]

Cannes Review: Broken

Based on the recent Daniel Clay novel of the same name, Broken is director Rufus Norris’ debut feature film, and one that takes a fascinating– if a little melodramatic – look into the lives of three neighbouring North London families, through the watchful, curious eyes of an 11-year-old girl. The young girl in question is […]

Cannes Review: Rust and Bone

French director Jacques Audiards ‘Rust & Bone’ is every bit as evocative and visceral as the title suggests. Telling the story of Ali (Matthias Schoenaerts) who leaves Belgium with his 5 year old son, Sam and heads to Antibes in the South of France to live with his sister. Ali ends up temping on various […]

Cannes Review: Moonrise Kingdom

Wes Anderson has become somewhat renowned for his offbeat, unconventional cinematic style – a style that has certainly divided opinions on the American’s work, and his latest feature Moonrise Kingdom is no different to usual, in a quirky comedy which opened this years Cannes film festival. Set on a small New England island in the […]