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!

Ken Loach

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...

Cannes Dog

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