Joan in Cannes - Day 10
Posted 24 May 2016
My final day in Cannes and just two films left to watch!
I started with ELLE from Paul Verhoeven, starring Isabelle Huppert. With a
synopsis that sounded very run of the mill - woman home alone, masked attacker
etc...I wasn't expecting much. How wrong I was! This a great psycho-sexual
thriller with Huppert on absolutely top form as a hard edged business woman
dealing with being attacked, alongside her career, her past and her own
romantic affairs. Hopefully this will play well, as it isn't too much along the
lines of Verhoeven's most gruesome films, and also that people will have
forgotten or forgiven the transgression that was BLACK BOOK. Also with Huppert
on-board, there is the potential to crossover from a genre audience to an
One last queue, one last bag search and one last film:
Asgar Fahadi's THE SALESMAN.
Returning to Iran, after THE PAST's setting in France,
this is a story about the interruption of a regular couple's life - their
dynamics and the conservatism underlying all levels of society - and ultimately
revenge. The film's beginning is instantly unnerving as the occupants of an
unstable apartment block are being evacuated. Cracks are literally appearing on
the windows and walls, and this is the beginning of a run of disturbances,
upheaval and trauma that this couple will endure. A great film, with plenty to
think about and discuss afterwards, which after all is my favourite thing to
A spot of shopping later and then it's home to pack. This
year's festival has been very strong, with several really fantastic films and
very few terrible ones. In a shocking turn up for the books, my tactics of more
targeted film watching meant that I didn't get turned away from a single film
and the ticket algorithms have been frequently in my favour. I go back to
Sheffield enthused and excited to programme the films I have seen.
So long sunshine. So long lovely fragrant jasmine I enjoy
walking past each day.