Joan in Cannes - Day 2
Posted 13 May 2016
Cannes 2016 - Day 2
For fans of Petit Quinquin, Bruno Dumont's long form
comedy detective series and extra-long film when released in cinemas, MA LOUTE
will not disappoint. Absurd doesn't even come close - obese detectives, inbred
toffs and the added twinge of cannibalism and cross-dressing left me confused
but certainly entertained! I loved Juilette Binoche's mad hysteria and the
elements of Monty Python that ran throughout. A great start to the day!
When Ken Loach does a political drama, no one can doubt
that he speaks to and for a huge number of people in the UK. I, DANIEL BLAKE
is his most angry and current film for some time and I can safely say that
there wasn't a dry eye in the house by the end. Dealing with the treatment of
people most need in our country, I, DANIEL BLAKE charts one man falling through
the gaps in our complicated and mean benefits system, while also assisting a
young woman struggling to make ends meet. A human film at it's core, this film
made me sad to be British and also proud of people who can and do fight, and
survive against the odds. I want it to be compulsory viewing for everyone in the
country, or at least prime time TV after it's vital cinema release. Film for
now, for the UK and for everyone.
Leaving on a high, with a tear streaked face, I was glad
to meet some friends and head for some slightly lighter fare in the market
screenings. THE DEVIL AND THE DEEP BLUE SEA should have been good as on paper
it worked, however was awful and we
couldn't last the duration. Luckily though this meant we could go next door to
VICTOR N ROXXI, which despite a shaky start went on to become a great thriller/romance
and then after twists had occurred (no spoilers in this one) became potentially
the best Blackspoiltation film of recent years . Zoe Kravitz channelled Pam
Grier all the way and the extreme violence and pounding soundtrack kept me
enthralled and on the edge of my seat.
Managed to meet my favourite Cannes dog today too...