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Stephanie Zacharek at Cannes Film Festival

Dispatches, commentary and reviews from the Cannes Film Festival from Stephanie Zacharek, principal film critic for the Village Voice.

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  1. Six Movies to Watch For from Cannes
    2014
    Movie stars, tragedies, and even some laughs.
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  2. Leviathan, the Winners, and Adieu
    2014
    The Festival de Cannes closing ceremony makes for a fun and festive night, particularly, I suspect, if you get to watch it live from the Lumiere, the largest theater in the Palais de Festival complex and the spot where all the major events take place.
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  3. Contemplating Animal Nudity with Godard's Delightful Goodbye to Language
    2014
    In Goodbye to Language 3D -- or Adieu au langage -- the 83-year-old filmmaker reflects on the significance, and possibly the decay, of language.
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  4. Cannes Report: Don't Say Marion Cotillard is "Too Pretty" for Two Days, One Night
    2014
    Marion Cotillard, the star of the Dardenne Brothers's Two Days, One Night, showed up on Tuesday in a mini-dress encrusted with a riot of buttons, a whimsical choice for an actress who had made many of us believe she was a French factory worker.
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  5. A Great Julianne Moore Illuminates Maps to the Stars
    2014
    It's been a few days since I saw David Cronenberg's Maps to the Stars and I'm still not completely sure what I think it. But one thing's for sure: Julianne Moore is a knockout in it.
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  6. In Foxcatcher, Channing Tatum Gives What Must Be One of the Year's Best Performances
    2014
    Even if Steve Carell's performance in Foxcatcher -- a terrific one -- ends up being the most lauded in the film, what Channing Tatum does is more complicated, and more wondrous.
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  7. Euro Men Can Dress! Plus: Damian Szifron's Standout Wild Tales
    2014
    Wild Tales is a collection of sketches, six in all, which have virtually nothing to do with one another aside from their astute, and not necessarily generous, view of human nature.
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  8. Timothy Spall Gives the Performance of His Career in Mr. Turner
    2014
    If you've ever loved a terrible person, Mike Leigh's quietly sensational Cannes competition entry Mr. Turner is the movie for you.
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  9. Grace of Monaco at Least Has Clothes
    2014
    In this admittedly fictionalized version of the not-quite-fairy-tale life of Princess Grace of Monaco, otherwise known as Grace Kelly, Nicole Kidman doesn't have to strain to look regal.
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  10. Heli is Family Drama Set Against Mexico's Drug Wars
    2013
    One of the most exciting things about attending the Cannes Film Festival is being among the first people to see the films the world will be talking about. That's one of the terrible things, too.
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  11. Only God Forgives Isn't in the Same League as Drive
    2013
    Only God Forgives is so un-exhilarating that it's practically a narcotic. The violence may cause a bit of squishy discomfort as you're watching it, but the memory of it doesn't linger much past the last frame.
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  12. The Selfish Giant is Great Boys-to-Men Drama
    2013
    "But I found myself strangely drawn toward The Selfish Giant, adapted from a story by Oscar Wilde."
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  13. Young & Beautiful is a Portrait of a 17-Year-Old French Call Girl
    2013
    A family in crisis: Isabelle is a student who still lives at home with her mother, stepfather, and kid brother; no one, least of all mom, is too happy when her secret profession comes to light.
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  14. Cannes Diary: What Are the Women in Their Dresses Hoping For?
    2013
    Look that are nakedly aspirational and all the more touching for it.
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  15. In Jimmy P. (Psychotherapy of a Plains Indian), Benicio Del Toro Acts Again!
    2013
    In Arnaud Desplechin's English-language Jimmy P. (Psychotherapy of a Plains Indian), Benicio Del Toro is James Picard, a Blackfoot Indian who has lost his way in post-World War II America.
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  16. Marion Cotillard Shines in James Gray's The Immigrant
    2013
    James Gray's The Immigrant, which screened for the press on Friday, May 24, is one of the strongest films in the festival competition.
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  17. Not Even the Gifted Emma Watson Raise The Bling Ring
    2013
    The biggest puzzlement of these early days of the festival comes from Sofia Coppola.
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  18. Steven Soderbergh's Behind the Candelabra is a Delightful Little Curio
    2013
    Behind the Candelabra is great fun, and even though the production and costume design are heavy on mirrors, gilt furniture, and sequins, it stops short of being kitschy.
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  19. The Coen Brothers' Inside Llewyn Davis
    2013
    Set in early 1960s New York, Oscar Isaac plays Llewyn Davis, the remaining half of a semi-successful folk-singing duo who's trying to make it on his own.
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  20. This Year's Big Cannes Winner: People Who Want Great Screen Sex
    2013
    In Blue is the Warmest Color, the love scenes between Lea Seydoux and Adele Exarchopoulos are beautifully staged, perhaps among the loveliest ever put on film.
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