Joan in Cannes - Day 8

Posted 23 May 2016 about Joan in Cannes- Day 7.

The time has come for the market screening repeats, which is usually a much easier time to see lots of stuff. But firstly of course it's back to The Debussy cinema for another early start and this time for Cristian Mungiu's GRADUATION. A return to the Father/Daughter theme of TONI ERDMAN, this film is a moral dilemma story about a man who wants his daughter to leave Romania and go to university in the UK, but circumstances conspire to keep her at home. The extent of his sacrifice and corruption are evidence of his clear desire to get her away from the life they have and this is at once both admirable and heartbreaking. A great story, told very well, with fantastic performances, this is a potential award winner.

As this year the press reviews are coming out a night before the ticketed screenings I was concerned going in to ONLY THE END OF THE WORLD as word on the street wasn't great. MOMMY is one of my favourite films of recent years and I had high hopes for this one from the young Canadian film maker Xavier Dolan. With a stellar cast (Marion Cotillard, Vincent Cassel, Lea Seydoux) this had potential to be great. However, I found it rather hard to take in. Shot almost entirely in close up, the action can be hard to place sometimes, to the point of not being sure on the position of the characters in relation to each other in the room. A family reunion turns to a family row very quickly and despite some lovely moments I mostly felt like I had been shouted at for an hour by the end.

CAPTAIN FANTASTIC was next, after a long queue. Definitely one of my highlights this year, this wonderful tale of alternative parenting, grieving and the strength of family is full of brilliant performances, particularly George MacKay and Viggo Mortensen, and wonderful warmth and love. Really hoping this gets distribution in the UK as it's sure to find a receptive audience.

THE TRANSFIGURATION is not your average Vampire movie buy a long shot. Milo is a young boy, bullied by everyone and struggling with life in a variety of ways. He is also a vampire, or at least that's how he behaves. Mostly this is a sad film about a boy with absolutely no power in the world, or control of his life, finding a way of having power over others - unfortunately this makes him a murderer. Clearly he is a damaged child, and a criminal but you can't help but identify with him in this film and his sad no-hope situation.

When a new Studio Ghibli title comes around, it's always cause for celebration. THE RED TURTLE is the latest of these and is a non-dialogue story of a man stranded on an island, a big red turtle, a woman, their child and many other turtles. Ultimately it is a story about nature, relationships with people and animals and the life cycle.... I think, but it is a bit hard to figure this one out. It is of course beautiful and poetic and the soundtrack is wonderful!

the red turtle

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