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'Amour' Premiere During The 65th Annual Cannes Film Festival

Mylene Jampanoi, Xavier and Cannes Film Festival - Mylene Jampanoi, director Xavier Dolan and Suzanne Clement Sunday 20th May 2012 'Amour' premiere during the 65th Annual Cannes Film Festival

Hereafter Trailer

What becomes of the human soul after our time in this life had ended? A lot of people who lose a loved one find themselves asking that very question, and further they wish to know that their loved one is safe in the afterlife.

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Gainsbourg [Vie Heroique] Review

Bristling with invention, this fast and full-on biopic of French superstar Serge Gainsbourg is rather too stylish, mashing fantasy with real events to the point that we're never sure where the truth lies. But it's eye-catching filmmaking.

Lucien Ginsburg (Mottet-Klein) was born to Jewish parents (Vasilescu and Droukarova) and, after surviving the Nazi occupation, studied art and music.

It's his skill at songwriting that propels him to stardom. Now known as Serge Gainsbourg (Elmosnino), he goes through two marriages, two children and a passionate late-1960s affair with Brigitte Bardot (Casta) before falling in love with the young British actress Jane Birkin (Gordon) and then the model Bambou (Jampanoi). His increasingly manic behaviour, fuelled by alcohol, sabotages his relationships even as it adds fire to his work.

Springing from his own comic-strip about Gainsbourg, filmmaker Sfar infuses the film with Jonze/Gondry-style visual trickery. This lushly crowded movie is a riot of clever camera angles, animation, effects work and puppetry, all bringing Gainsbourg's imagination to life. Sfar creates a pointy spectre called La Gueule (Jones) who follows Gainsbourg through life, spurring him to artistic and personal excess like a demonic muse in contrast to the more angelic Bardot, Birkin and Bambou.

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Gainsbourg Trailer

Parisian songwriter and director Serge Gainsbourg was a legend known all around the world, for many differing reasons his work was usually surrounded by controversy which was mostly welcomed by the man himself.

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2009 Cannes International Film Festival - Day 9 - AmfAR Cinema Against AIDS 2009 Cocktail Party Held At The Hotel Du Cap - Arrivals

Mylene Jampanoi Thursday 21st May 2009 2009 Cannes International Film Festival - Day 9 - amfAR Cinema Against AIDS 2009 cocktail party held at the Hotel du Cap - Arrivals Cannes, France

Martyrs Review

There has been a tremendous wave of buzz leading up to the U.S. release of Pascal Laugier's punishing Martyrs. Film festival reviews (it was nominated for Best Film at Sitges) were careful to give only vague outlines of the film's plot. People were whispering in chat rooms and on forums about the film's mind-shattering ending. The picture was hailed as visionary and ferocious and was seen by many as attaining that quasi-mystical state of horror film perfection. Some would even go so far as to say it was the ultimate extreme in horror cinema. Well, Martyrs is here and while it certainly is unique in some aspects, it's not the fabled ultimate horror film. The definitive "torture porn" flick, maybe, though I'm sure the film's fans would disagree.

Following in the bloody footsteps of Hostel, Martyrs opens with a young girl escaping the confines of a dank torture dungeon and only gets darker from there. This girl, Lucie (Mylène Jampanoï) is sent to an orphanage where she is looked after by the mothering Anna (Morjana Alaoui). While Lucie does not speak about her torment at the hands of unknown assailants, she does tell Anna about someone still hurting her: a ghostly contortionist (in the latexy Japanese horror mode) who slices and dices with wild abandon. Fifteen years later, Lucie's nighttime terrors continue but she and Anna have managed to track down Lucie's original tormentors (a seemingly nice suburban couple with two teenage children). After blowing them all away with a shotgun, Lucie's undead bruiser reappears and a life and death struggle ensues with Lucie at the losing end. Distraught, Anna stays at the house and uncovers a hidden subterranean laboratory with a current resident and a terrible secret.

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