Cannes Reviews 2014

Cannes Review: The Owners

Cannes Review: The Owners

Death and dancing collide in The Owners; a bleak, surreal and deeply strange Kazakhstani offering centring on a trio of siblings struggling to keep their house from being stolen by nasty locals. Oldest sibling John, teenage brother Erbol and their sickly but sweet sister Aliya inherit a house in a remote village after their mother […]

Cannes Review: Coming Home

How long can love last if one person in a relationship no longer recognises the other? That is the question at the heart of Zhang Yimou’s bleak and mildly moving drama, Coming Home. Based on the novel by Yan Geling and reteaming the auteur of Hero and House of the Flying Daggers with star Gong […]

Cannes Review: Xenia

It’s tough being a homosexual half-Algerian teenager looking for his estranged father in modern Greece, even without racial tensions rising and fascists roaming the streets looking for a fight. Disappearing into his own fantasies after losing his mother, Dany is a colourful youth who picks up money by servicing the sexual needs of a wealthy […]

Cannes Review: Life Itself

The movies are like a machine that generates empathy; so said legendary film critic Roger Ebert and so it is with this wonderfully warm documentary about his life. Roger Ebert is probably the best known and most beloved film critic in the world and after his long battle with cancer he sadly passed away in […]

Cannes Review: Beautiful Youth

The worrying lengths that some young people will go to earn quick and easy cash is investigated with bitter precision in the Spanish drama Beautiful Youth. Good looking couple Natalia and Carlos are young and in love but lacking in employment prospects and money in modern Spain. Desperate to simply earn a bit of decent […]

Cannes Review: The Homesman

Saving the souls of three women driven to insanity by desperate circumstances, The Homesman delivers a strong heroine prepared to make an incredible sacrifice. Deep in the barren frontier of the great American west, Mary Bee Cuddy, portrayed by Hilary Swank, draws the short straw and accepts the task of taking three mentally unstable women […]

Cannes Review: Red Army

Like an infinitely superior version of Rocky IV, Red Army intertwines politics and sport with the Cold War being fought in the ice rink instead of the boxing ring. This incredibly heartfelt and occasionally hilarious documentary tells the story of the Soviet Union’s awe inspiring national ice hockey team as team captain Slava Fetisov turns […]

Cannes Review: The Salvation

Mads Mikkelsen leads an unapologetically violent western that tells a straightforward revenge story elevated by a mesmerising central performance. In America, 1871, brothers and former Danish soldiers Jon (Mads Mikkelsen) and Peter (Mikael Persbrandt) await the arrival of a train carrying Jon’s wife and son from Denmark. The family have been separated for seven years […]

Cannes Review: The Blue Room

Triple threat actor, writer, director Mathieu Amalric explores infidelity, obsession and a tragic desire that turns from lust into violence in his latest film, The Blue Room. While the star gives a worthy performance, the story is slight and adds little to the secret-affair-turns-nasty set of films that could already almost be considered a sub-genre. […]

wild tales review

Cannes Review: Wild Tales

There is unlikely to be a funnier film in Cannes this year than the brilliantly bonkers and hysterically over the top anthology of short episodes that comprise director Damián Szifrón’s Wild Tales. Never has watching a collection of diverse characters being pushed to their limits and spectacularly losing control been as much fun as it […]

Cannes Review: The Captive

One second it’s there and the next it’s gone. The dark and deranged abduction thriller ‘The Captive’, from director Atom Egoyan, features a selection of gripping performances from Ryan Reynolds, Alexia Fast and Rosario Dawson. Creep into the time displaced tale of everyday couple Matthew and Tina, that is until their daughter Cassandra is lured […]

Cannes Review: Mr Turner

Mr. Turner is a massive achievement from Mike Leigh, his first biopic since Topsy-Turvy back in 1999. Starring Timothy Spall as the troubled but brilliant Romantic landscape artist J.M.W. Turner, it is a period drama that starts off slow and stagey but ends up as an impressive work of art. Mr. Turner covers the final […]

Cannes Review: Grace of Monaco

The princess, Grace of Monaco the serenity to which we all aspire, a monument of politics, history and life. Once torn between two worlds forced to leave behind a world admired in the light of a world once blooming with love and hope although, since tormented with lies, deceit and consequences. Journey into the life […]

Cannes Review: Timbuktu

The Cannes Film Festival has opened with an absolute blinder. No, not Grace of Monaco, but the other film that has been played today and that no one is talking about… yet. Timbuktu is one of those films that sounds gruelling; hailing as it does from Africa and dealing with Islamic repression that is rife […]