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The 67th Annual Cannes Film Festival - 'Mr Turner' - Premiere

Moussa Toure, Maria Bonnevie, Pablo Trapero, Géraldine Pailhas and Peter Becker - The 67th Annual Cannes Film Festival - 'Mr Turner' - Premiere - Cannes, France - Thursday 15th May 2014

Young & Beautiful [Jeune & Jolie] Review


Good

French filmmaker Francois Ozon continues to explore transgressive aspects of sexuality (see In the House) with this deliberately controversial drama about a teen prostitute. But since he refuses to indulge in the usual cliches, we don't react the way we think we should, so the film forces us to think about the story in a surprisingly fresh way.

The teen in question is Isabelle (Vacth), who in the summer of her 17th birthday orchestrates the loss of her virginity to a cute stranger. When she tells her little brother Victor (Ravat), he can't understand how Isabelle could so casually dump this boy. And she never tells her open-minded mother and stepdad (Pailhas and Pierrot). Back home in Paris, she secretly starts working after school as a high-class hooker, visiting her clients in pricey hotels. But when her favourite john (Leyson) dies suddenly, her secret comes out. And everyone wonders if she can go back to being a regular teen.

The twist here is that Isabelle comes from a liberal, wealthy family, and has no need to become a prostitute. She seems to do it out of boredom, because she doesn't need the money and isn't that interested in sex either. On the other hand, she loves pretending to be older than she is. Vacth reveals all of this through a remarkably transparent performance that's often unnerving to watch. By clouding her motivation, we almost become complicit in her actions. We certainly can't just sit back and watch passively.

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5x2 Review


Good
François Ozon (Under the Sand, Swimming Pool) channels Ingmar Bergman rather than regular muses Alfred Hitchcock and Claude Chabrol for 5x2, the portrait of a disintegrating marriage that focuses on five key instances in the troubled couple's history. Ozon's tale is told in reverse chronologically, beginning with divorce proceedings and ending with a romantic first meeting, though unlike Gaspar Noé's similarly flip-flopped Irreversible, Ozon's narrative structure isn't simply a gimmick designed to gussy up otherwise straightforward material; rather, the upside-down construction strives to upend viewers' commonly held perceptions about the reasons why once-amorous relationships end in heartbreak. Assembled with more than a hint of repetition and, as a result, a frustrating lack of unexpected revelations, Ozon's latest peters out before its anticlimactic conclusion. Yet thanks to his sterling stars and a directorial attentiveness, the filmmaker crafts a mature portrait of a relationship's thorny complexity while coloring his domestic drama with an undercurrent of looming menace and bittersweet inevitability.

Ozon's story recounts the ill-fated union of Marion (Valerie Bruni Tedeschi) and Gilles (Stéphane Freiss), a wife and husband who, at film's start, are shown quietly finalizing their divorce in a drab office, their faces pained but stoic reflections of their relief, misery and nervousness over the end of their matrimony. Clearly indebted - in spirit if not in specifics - to Bergman's Scenes from a Marriage (including Gilles' beard, a nod to Erland Josephson's), 5x2 (before heading back in time) subsequently moves from this depressing administrative locale to a furtive, desperate motel reunion between the newly single Marion and Gilles where attempts to rekindle the sexual fire ends in physical and emotional abuse. This powerhouse confrontation finds Bruni Tedeschi and Freiss, their forlorn eyes captured in close-up, expressing without words the callous selfishness, lack of communication, and physical and emotional detachment that doomed their relationship. And the scene ignites the film with a promise of eye-opening bombshells to come about the couple's dissolution via the ensuing backwards procession through a dinner party with Gilles' brother and his lover, Gilles' injurious cowardice during the birth of his son, their drunken wedding night, and their first encounter on a tropical beach.

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Don Juan Demarco Review


Good
Don Juan, the world's greatest lover...is Johnny Depp? I can believe it, after seeing Don Juan DeMarco, a new film by first-time director Jeremy Leven. With excellent flare, Leven brings us this beguiling tale of a young man who may or may not be the legendary seducer of over one thousand women.

When a distraught Don Juan is about to commit suicide because of the loss of his (most recent) love, psychiatrist Jack Mickler (Marlon Brando) is brought in to bring him back to reality. This proves to be a major undertaking, as Mickler slowly begins to realize that the "delusional" Don Juan may actually be who he says he is. As his last case before retirement, Mickler is given ten days to determine whether or not to institutionalize Don Juan, and there, the journey into the man's past begins.

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They Came Back Review


OK
BRAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAINS!

Er, JOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOBS!

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5x2 (In Subtitled French) Review


Weak

Opening with an extended scene of such dry divorce-relat=edlegalese that after a while it becomes almost funny (property division,child support, life insurance, taxes), "5x2" is another entirelyunique cinematic experience from writer-director Fran=E7ois Ozon.

The young filmmaker has a penchant for inventively tweaki=ngthe nose of whatever genre he's working in -- 2003's dark noir thriller"SwimmingPool" was ironically sunshiny, 2002's "8Women" was a musical spoof of Agatha Chr=istiewhodunits (or perhaps a murderous spoof of Technicolor musicals). His newendeavor may sound a little more traditional -- it tells the tale of aonce-happy marriage falling apart -- but leave it to Ozon to start withthe divorce and work backwards to the couple's first flirtations on a beaut=ifulbeach.

In the first of five episodes going back through time,a drained-looking Marion and Gilles (Val=E9ria Bruni-Tedeschi and St=E9phaneFreiss) finalize their separation, then go to a hotel room for a last rompin bed that shows just how ugly their relationship has become. Later scenesallude to the infidelity, unreasonable demands, emotional disconnects andother turning points that are not immediately apparent to the charactersthemselves.

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