Day: May 15, 2015

Cannes Film Review: ‘Sleeping Giant’

May 15, 2015

Courtesy of Semaine de la Critique Cannes A near-tangible slick of midsummer sweat sits heavily atop each scene in Andrew Cividino’s diverting debut feature, “Sleeping Giant,” lending welcome sensual specificity to coming-of-age material that otherwise paddles in familiar waters. Recalling such recent U.S. independents as “The Kings of Summer” and “Hide Your Smiling Faces” in […]

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Cannes Film Review: ‘The Fourth Direction’

May 15, 2015

Courtesy of Cannes Film Festival The minimalist rigor and formalist attractions of Gurvinder Singh’s debut, “Alms of the Blind Horse,” are equally prominent in his follow-up feature “The Fourth Direction,” yet so, too, are glacial pacing and lack of drive. Revisiting his ancestral Punjab, the helmer ineffectually brings two rural stories together to evoke tensions […]

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Cannes Film Review: ‘The Sea of Trees’

May 15, 2015

Courtesy of Cannes Film Festival One way to pass the time during “The Sea of Trees” — preferably during one of Matthew McConaughey’s interminable misty-eyed monologues — is to try and figure out exactly how many bad movies the actor, screenwriter Chris Sparling and director Gus Van Sant have managed to squeeze into their tale of a man’s […]

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Cannes Film Review: ‘My Golden Days’

May 15, 2015

Courtesy of Cannes Film Festival “Life is strange,” Paul Dedalus declares more than once in Arnaud Desplechin’s “My Golden Days” — and it’s also rich and intensely personal, as we experience firsthand in this marvelously vivid origin story for the hopelessly romantic French academic played by Mathieu Amalric in 1996’s three-hour Gallic gabfest “My Sex Life, or […]

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Cannes Film Review: ‘Rams’

May 15, 2015

Courtesy of Cannes Film Festival “Rams” is a touching humanist drama set in a remote farming valley where two estranged brothers must come together to save what’s dearest to them: their sheep. Helmer-writer Grimur Hakonarson, an experienced documentarian, capitalizes on his extensive knowledge of Icelandic bachelor farmers and the unique landscapes of his homeland, while […]

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Cannes Film Review: ‘A Tale of Love and Darkness’

May 15, 2015

For those who love the writing of Amos Oz, the Israeli storyteller’s autobiographical “A Tale of Love and Darkness” illuminates his reasons for picking up the pen in the first place, pointing to his relationship with his doting (and long-suffering) mother above all. It’s perfectly obvious why Oz felt compelled to honor his mother Fania’s […]

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Cannes Film Review: ‘The Lobster’

May 15, 2015

Courtesy of Cannes Film Festival Longevity and lifelong fertility are among the reasons why a human may wish to become the eponymous creature, explains Colin Farrell’s protagonist at the outset of “The Lobster.” The tasty crustacean’s rich associations with the Surrealist movement appear to have slipped his mind, but not that of Greek writer-director Yorgos […]

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Cannes Film Review: ‘Irrational Man’

May 15, 2015

Courtesy of Cannes Film Festival After Alfred Hitchcock and his Gallic disciple, Claude Chabrol, has any filmmaker devoted more screen time to contemplating the mechanics of the “perfect” murder than Woody Allen? Allen’s latest, “Irrational Man,” adds to a tally that also includes “Crimes and Misdemeanors,” “Match Point” and the little-seen “Cassandra’s Dream” —  only, […]

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