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The Little Prince review – adaptation of Saint-Exupéry just about gets off the ground

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The much-loved children’s classic is given an animated overhaul by the co-director of Kung Fu Panda, but overelaboration means it almost goes down in flames

One advantage of animation is that you can record a whole new language dialogue track, and no one will know the difference. (It’s like the silent era, when switching out title cards meant it didn’t matter whether the film came from Berlin or Bognor.) So we have the new adaptation of the popular Saint-Exupéry children’s tale, simultaneously presented in two different cinemas at Cannes, in French and English, with entirely different voice casts involved. It was the English one for me, with Jeff Bridges and Rachel McAdams, rather than André Dussollier and Florence Foresti; however, with Kung Fu Panda’s Mark Osborne on board as director, the artistic balance is definitively tilted in the direction of the Anglo-American crowdpleaser.

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- Andrew Pulver

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Gérard Depardieu discusses Russia in Cannes: 'If Crimea had been American it would have been a different matter'

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The actor has spoken of his unhappiness over the conflict in Ukraine, as well as about his love of being fed on set and his respect for Bruce Willis

Related: Gérard Depardieu launches luxury watch in Russia amid economic turmoil

Gerard Depardieu has expressed solidarity with both Russian president Vladimir Putin and former Ukrainian president Viktor Yushchenko at the Cannes film festival. Asked his feelings about the current dispute over Ukraine, Depardieu said: “I’m like everybody – I think conflicts are a terrible thing. I know Mr Putin well; I like him a lot and I still go to Russia.”

Related: Gérard Depardieu in Cannes: 'In all of us there is a monster'

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- Catherine Shoard

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Controversial documentary An Open Secret reveals paedophilia in Hollywood

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“What you see in the film is the tip of the iceberg” says producer Gabe Hoffman on An Open Secret, the documentary from Oscar-nominated director Amy Berg about child sex abuse in Hollywood

A revealing new documentary about the sexual abuse of children within Hollywood is hoping to lift the lid off an alleged network that implicates major industry figures.

An Open Secret, which was shown this week in an out-of-festival screening in Cannes, is a damning new film from Oscar-nominated director Amy Berg, who previously explored paedophilia within the Catholic church in Deliver Us From Evil.

Related: An Open Secret review – damning documentary takes aim at sexual abuse in Hollywood

Related: Ferguson documentary American Race crowdfunded by Oscar nominee

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- Benjamin Lee

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Cannes uncovered: day 10 - the awards begin, Noé talks, Roth rocks!

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Tim Roth makes a late bid for best actor, while Dad bod 1.0 Gerard Depardieu gets his shirt off, Colin Farrell gets conflicted over cheeseburgers and Gaspar Noé says something silly

Good God, we’re still here. We’re tired, cranky, smelly, damaged Cannes near-burnouts, but we’re still bloody here. Squeaky little machines of film-flogging industry. Pour rosé in and watch the words stutter out. You can’t beat us Cannes. We won’t let you.

Valley Of Love is a nice film with two strong performances, but will be forgotten in a month. #Cannes2015

Valley Of Love kept me intrigued. But ironic that a movie with so much topless Depardieu would be that thin. #Cannes2015

Valley of Love: low-key metaphysical drama set in Death Valley. Odd choice for comp. Depardieu topless more than actors in Love #Cannes2015

Chronic: Tim Roth disturbs & transfixes as obsessive nurse with troubled past & cloaked intentions. »

- Benjamin Leeand Henry Barnes

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Why swapping heroes for heroines is a Top Dollar idea

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Andrea Riseborough looks set to play a female version of the cult villain in the remake of The Crow. Which other cult movie favourites need a gender swap?

There’s something terrifying, not to mention disquieting, about a really good lady villain. Maybe it’s the sheer rarity of genuine head honcho bad-girl types on the big screen, but the decision to gender swap the nefarious Top Dollar in upcoming comic book reboot The Crow already looks like a stroke of genius.

It might, of course, just be the fact that an actor of the quality of Andrea Riseborough is in talks for the role, seemingly cast against type in a hugely intriguing proposition. I suspect hardcore fans of the 1994 original view it through somewhat rose-tinted glasses, but there’s no denying that Michael Wincott was one of the best things about the movie as the ruthless ruler of a ruined Detroit. »

- Ben Child

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Valley of Love review: peaks and troughs as Depardieu and Huppert feel the heat

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Guillaume Nicloux’s half-English language, semi-Lynchian movie has a divorced couple reunited after their son’s death, and features Depardieu’s best turn in years

Guillaume Nicloux’s Valley of Love is a starry two-hander with a very contrived high-concept premise which, perhaps inevitably, leads us precisely nowhere. Nicloux appears to have developed his project by taking his actors and the fascinating Death Valley setting as a starting point, hoping that an ending would materialise.

It has not been much liked here in Cannes, but I found it partly redeemed by watchable turns from Gérard Depardieu and Isabelle Huppert. They have not appeared on screen together since Maurice Pialat’s Loulou in 1980, and Depardieu in particular gives a sweetly tender and understated performance, his best for some years. (The movie is, incidentally, produced by Sylvie Pialat, Maurice’s widow.)

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- Peter Bradshaw

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Hollywood's love affair with old dudes romancing young women

21 May 2015 12:14 PM, PDT

Maggie Gyllenhaal said she was passed over for a role opposite a 55-year-old actor because she was too old – at 37. It’s part of a long, inglorious Hollywood tradition

This week, Maggie Gyllenhaal reminded us that ageism in Hollywood is alive and well – if you’re a woman, that is.

“There are things that are really disappointing about being an actress in Hollywood that surprise me all the time,” she told the Wrap. “I’m 37 and I was told recently I was too old to play the lover of a man who was 55. It was astonishing to me. It made me feel bad, and then it made me feel angry, and then it made me laugh.”

Related: Maggie Gyllenhaal: At 37 I was 'too old' for role opposite 55-year-old man

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- Anne T Donahue

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Hirokazu Kore-eda: ‘They compare me to Ozu. But I’m more like Ken Loach’

21 May 2015 11:09 AM, PDT

The Japanese auteur talks about his Cannes-competition drama Our Little Sister, absences in families, and his TV-movie and fast-food childhood

When I meet the Japanese auteur Hirokazu Kore–eda, it is in a shady and pleasant Cannes garden, where he sits next to his interpreter, through whom questions and answers must be channelled: a set-up that creates an unmistakably courtly atmosphere of reverence – not inappropriate.

Related: Our Little Sister review – Hirokazu Kore-eda's mature siblingmance manga

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- Peter Bradshaw

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Tomorrowland: how Walt Disney’s strange utopia shaped the world of tomorrow

21 May 2015 11:03 AM, PDT

Disneyland is celebrating its 60th birthday with a movie version of one of its most famous attractions. But do we still need the theme park now that the rest of the world has been Disneyfied?

Welcome to the future. Or is it the past? In Tomorrowland, Disney’s new adventure movie, George Clooney and friends risk life and limb to reach the utopian realm of the title, and it looks pretty much like we expected the future to look, at least back in the 1960s: a pristine, shopping-mall sort of place with soaring glass spires and flying trains and happy people of all nations wearing coloured boiler suits. But here in the real world (a relative term, admittedly) you can visit Tomorrowland today. As many millions of visitors know, it is already an area of Disney’s theme parks, devoted to the same type of optimistic techno-futurism Tomorrowland the movie espouses. »

- Steve Rose

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Jane Fonda: ‘Plastic surgery bought me a decade’

21 May 2015 10:06 AM, PDT

The 77-year-old Youth star on her Hollywood comeback, bionic body, sex and casting

“I like helping younger women be less afraid of getting closer to death,” beams Jane Fonda. “I’m 77 but I’m very youthful. I have passion. I have curiosity. I’ve always had a lot of energy.” She waggles a hand heavy with statement jewellery. “I have a fake hip, knee, thumb; more metal in me than a bionic woman, but I can still do Pilates.”

Fonda leans forward, channelling gran as styled by Cartier. “Looking at age from the outside is so scary. But when you’re inside age – and I’m very much inside age – it isn’t scary at all. You need maturity to learn this, but it’s important to figure out what you need to do for yourself every day to decompress. I meditate. And I always get eight hours’ sleep.”

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- Catherine Shoard

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Gaspar Noé on 3D sex movie Love at Cannes: 'I would let 12-year-olds see it'

21 May 2015 7:19 AM, PDT

The film-maker has defended his explicit three-way romance against accusations of transgression but admitted it would have been hard to make it in America

Children as young as 12 should be able to watch Gaspar Noé’s 3D pornographic romance, the director has said in Cannes.

Related: Love review: Gaspar Noé's hardcore 3D sex movie is fifty shades of vanilla

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- Henry Barnes

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Jason Statham: our last action hero (50 million Facebook fans can't be wrong)

20 May 2015 1:14 PM, PDT

The Rock is too big, Sly Stallone is too old and Steven Seagal looks too much like a sea lion. When you need a man who can chop off a gunman’s hand and use it to shoot someone else in the face, there’s only one person who fits the bill

In Homefront, Jason Statham is a tough, uncompromising DEA agent. In Crank, Jason Statham is a tough, uncompromising hit man. In Hummingbird, Jason Statham is a tough, uncompromising homeless man. In In the Name of the King, Jason Statham is a tough, uncompromising farmer.

Jason Statham is nothing if not consistent. Consistent and tough and uncompromising. But that consistency has won him legions of fans – almost 50 million on Facebook alone. You know what you’re getting with a Jason Statham film. He will beat people up. He will crash cars. He will do an unconvincing American accent. And »

- Adam Gabbatt

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Son of Saul: a tense thriller set in Auschwitz in 1944 – video trailer

20 May 2015 3:28 AM, PDT

Watch a promotional trailer for Son of Saul, an ambitious drama that plunges its viewer directly into the heart of a concentration camp. The film, directed by László Nemes, follows Saul Ausländer, a Hungarian member of the Sonderkommando - the group of Jewish prisoners isolated from the camp and forced to assist the Nazis in the machinery of large-scale extermination. The trailer is in Hungarian, with French subtitles for promotion at Cannes film festival

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- Guardian Staff

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Son of Saul star: ‘God was holding the hand of every Jew in the gas chamber’

19 May 2015 9:29 AM, PDT

He is the talk of Cannes thanks to his stunning performance in the unflinching Auschwitz drama Son of Saul – his first film ever. We meet teacher, poet and now movie star Géza Röhrig as he laments the ‘shallowness’ of the festival

“I think it’s fair to say,” says Géza Röhrig softly, “that we haven’t learned anything from Auschwitz. The cruelty exhibited there exists today against the Kurds and elsewhere. You have a feeling of insecurity about tomorrow. There’s a level of chaos because global powers do not agree on the most minimal consensus.”

Röhrig is the star of Son of Saul, a tense, almost unbearable thriller set in Auschwitz in 1944 among the Sonderkommando – prisoners given a stay of execution to work in the gas chambers. It’s so frank and unflinching, it makes even the finest of previous Holocaust films look crass. “With movies like Schindler’s List, »

- Catherine Shoard

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Emily Blunt 'disappointed' at Cannes high heel reports– video

19 May 2015 9:22 AM, PDT

Speaking at the press conference of her new film Sicaro, Emily Blunt is critical of the Cannes Film Festival's apparent dress code after staff allegedly refused a group of women wearing flat shoes entry to a red carpet screening. She said: 'That's very disappointing, just when you kind of think there are these new waves of equality.' Continue reading »

- Guardian Staff

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Carol: 'People are fascinated by sex in general' – video interviews

19 May 2015 6:25 AM, PDT

The stars of romantic drama Carol, Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara, as well as director Todd Haynes, talk to Benjamin Lee in Cannes about lesbianism in mainstream film; the fetishisation of female nudity; and how they made Juliet and Juliet. The film, based on Patricia Highsmith's novel The Price of Salt is tipped for the Palme d'Or Continue reading »

- Benjamin Lee and Richard Sprenger

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Eddie Izzard in Cannes: 'I wasn’t channelling cat, per se'

18 May 2015 8:02 AM, PDT

The actor and comedian on his feline alter-ego in new animation Rock Dog and what happens to the human soul when you start sending out for Polo mints

Yesterday in Cannes, Eddie Izzard bought some prosciutto. Such shopping is a point of principle, home and abroad.

“I’ve always wanted to be able to go into any corner shop in the world and say: ‘Packet of crisps, please.’ If you lose that, if you’re sending out for Polos, it’s not good. Some of your soul has gone and some of your creativity. That essential spark and hunger. You’ve got to feel joined up with people.”

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- Catherine Shoard

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