Joan in Cannes- Day 7

Posted 19 May 2016

Cannes 2016 - Day 7

When the Dardenne brothers' new film UNKNOWN GIRL kicked off the day I was a happy bunny. It took me a while to remember but when I realised that the lead actress Adele Haenel was familiar to me due to her great work in LES COMBATTANTS and WATERLILIES I was even happier. She plays a GP in Belgium, dealing with a heavy workload in a poorer neighbourhood, a useless assistant and the added mystery of the girl who was found murdered nearby. Conducting her own investigation, this is a little like a moral dilemma mixed with a police (or amateur) detective story. A thriller at it's core, this film had some really brilliant moments but lacked the twists and turns required, so was a little predictable by the end.


TOUR DE FRANCE was the next one for me, Gerard Depardieu plays a grumpy, prejudiced, old man accompanied by a young Arab rapper on a road trip across France. I wanted to like this film but couldn't really buy either character and the scenario was very far-fetched.

Next up I went to see DOGS, which is a film rather than some idle small-dog admiring on the Croisette. DOGS is essentially a modern day Romanian western and from the very start it was utterly gripping, hope it gets bought for the UK as it would a great one to programme.


Left with a gap here I did a spot of shopping and then headed to THE WAILING.... Which I didn't stay with for long. Far too bonkers for me I'm afraid.

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Joan Parsons

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