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.