Down & Out in Cannes (2010)

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Shot in a week by a lone woman filmmaker but based on a year's research, contrasts the life of Ian and Robin, two alcoholic ex pats living in a squat next to millionaire yachts with the ... See full summary »

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Kathy Hill

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Shot in a week by a lone woman filmmaker but based on a year's research, contrasts the life of Ian and Robin, two alcoholic ex pats living in a squat next to millionaire yachts with the glamor of Cannes Film Festival. Life mirrors art as the filmmaker accidentally becomes homeless during shooting and turns the camera on herself. Written by Kathy Hill

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A filmmaker to watch.
17 June 2010 | by varneythevampyre70See all my reviews

It isn't easy to make a good film. In most cases directors will follow a trend rather than take a chance in vision. British director Kathy Hill's documentary 'Down and Out in Cannes' has taken a few years to reach the screen. The wait has been worth it. The film confirms her as a filmmaker to watch. Pick any of its scenes at random and you'll find more there than in any of the studio films released this year. Not only does Hill have a distinctive visual style, but also the content bristles with surprise. The film introduces us to Ian and Robin and we enter a dark, carnival world inhabited by the two men who seem to be coping with their lives but who are also pining for love and change. Ian and Robin are subject to forces from their past and the film with searing honesty becomes a case study about moral goodness and human strangeness and vice. They are caught up in it, but so are you, the viewer. Originally is what cinema is all about and Hills film shows you the struggles of attachment, looking to go straight, a fresh journey and a break from childhood. That's something we can all wish for, but in 'Down and Out in Cannes' Kathy Hill embarks on it with the kind of flair that pushes cinema forward.


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