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The Price of Salt is at a market high according to our critics. While Le Film Francais have Mia Madre in the pole position and Screen Daily have a pair in a tie among their voting clan, our sixteen strong have place Todd Haynes’ Carol firmly at the top of the leader board with average 3.8 grade. In a year where French cinema was a little off-balance, where Italy cinema didn’t disappoint, where Asian films were especially strong and where a first time work from Hungary stole the show, it is one portrait and one love story in 1950’s America that is tops.
In our inaugural year, our Cannes Critics’ Panel favored Pedro Almodóvar’s The Skin I Live In by one point over the Dardenne’s The Kid With a Bike, von Trier’s Melancholia, Nicolas Refn’s Drive and Malick’s Palme d’Or winning The Tree of Life. »
- Eric Lavallee
Jostling Juvi: Bercot’s Take Familiar Stance on the System
Exploring a few too many problematic delinquency issues than it can rightly address, Emmanuelle Bercot’s Standing Tall (La Tête haute) reaches solid emotional plateaus within its belabored and all too familiar scenario. Opening the 2015 Cannes Film Festival, only the second female director to ever do so in the fest’s history, its selection is in regard to the film’s messages concerning tolerance in the wake of last year’s horrific Charlie Hedbo shootings. And Bercot’s film certainly seems to be making some clear points, even if it creates other logical problems in this exploration of one wild child’s thrill ride through France’s juvenile justice system. Likeable performances from notable cast members thankfully avoid schmaltzy tendencies, for the most part, and Bercot scores her greatest points with newcomer Rod Paradot.
We meet Judge Florence Blacque (Catherine Deneuve »
- Nicholas Bell
The 2011 Cannes Film Festival was crushed with great films — "The Tree Of Life," "The Artist," "We Need To Talk About Kevin," "The Kid With A Bike," "Melancholia," "Drive" — so perhaps it's easy to see why the epic, Mexican crime drama "Days Of Grace," which screened in the Midnight Movie lineup, didn't quite get the spotlight it deserved. But Cinema Libre is finally bringing the film stateside, and today we have the exclusive U.S. trailer. Marking the directorial debut by Everardo Gout, and starring Tenoch Huerta, Kristyan Ferrer, Dolores Heredia, Carlos Bardem, and Eileen Yañez, the Mexico City-set film spans twelve years — benchmarked by the 2002, 2006 and 2010 World Cup — and follows three very disparate lives that intersect as they are impacted by violence and abduction. Lupe, an idealistic cop, is tasked to investigate a crime ring and finds that justice has no value when a human life has a price. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Marion Cotillard is nominated for “Performance by an actress in a leading role” for her work in Two Days, One Night at the 87th Oscars.
For the first time, the Dardenne Brothers have teamed with the Academy Award winner and the result is another masterwork of humanism.
Sandra (Cotillard) has just returned to work after recovering from an illness. Realizing that the company can operate with one less employee, management tells Sandra she is to be let go while the remaining employees will each receive a bonus. Over the course of a weekend, Sandra, often with the help of her loving husband (Fabio Rongione), races against time to convince each of her fellow co-workers to sacrifice their much-needed bonuses in order for her to keep her job. With each encounter, Sandra is brought into a different world with unexpected results while her fate hangs in the balance. The Dardennes have »
- Movie Geeks
4 items from 2015
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