Joan in Cannes - Day 9

Posted 24 May 2016

My penultimate day of film watching began with THE LAST FACE, by Sean Penn. This film is a total turkey, as they say!

A story of romance between war zone medics set to a back drop of war in Liberia; this manages to be clunky, patronising and borderline racist, as the black actors are wallpaper to the white storyline. The audience laughed at some of the awful dialogue and the applause at the end was short and very muted.

Next up was AQUARIUS, a Brazilian drama about one woman's life and her battle against the property developers who want her to leave her home. With an absolutely astounding performance from lead actress SONIA BRAGA and a wonderful soundtrack to seek out and enjoy; this is a story about humanity, ageing, overdevelopment and women and is sure to be popular with the jury and audiences alike. I left in a terrific mood and really want to re-watch it already.

THE NEON DEMON was bound to cause a stir in Cannes. From Nicolas Winding Refn, director of the iconic and much imitated DRIVE, this film follows a similar visual style as ONLY GOD FORGIVES, but is once again all style and no substance. A story about modelling, cannibalism and the vacuous nature of the fashion world has nothing really new to say. The director's insistence on over-styling everything makes it all the more tedious, with banging electronic music and coloured lenses across almost every frame. The only moment I enjoyed was a cameo from a Lion.

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I ended the day on French drug-dealing drama CHOUF. This didn't really live up to the potential of the story and was essentially a predictable gangster story.

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