Before the Revolution

In Cannes's second week, Coppola falters, Linklater rebounds, and Spanish-language films surge

Cake is not enough: Dunst in Marie Antoinette
Cake is not enough: Dunst in Marie Antoinette


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  • And what of the festival itself, only one year shy of the solemn and crass ceremony sure to mark its 60th edition? Pre-revolutionary as Cannes's customs may be, the festival remains almost millennial in its underlying credo. Cinema à la Cannes aspires to the universal and transcendent—the medium is something more than a business and beyond entertainment. For 12 carnivalesque days, movies aren't just cake, they're the bread of life and even sacramental wafer.

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