Cannes Film Festival Wrap-Up – Day #2 and #3


Chongqing Blues (In Competition)

  • Sasha Stone says that Wang Xiaoshuai’s Chongqing Blues is the first real contender for the Palme d’Or at this year’s Cannes Film Festival. Like most great films, she doesn’t predict commercial success: “Chongqing isn’t likely to set the critics aflame, nor make much of a splash stateside, but it is an example of a moving story well told. Haunting, mournful, and complete. It’s early yet, but this film will likely be on the list to win it.” [Awards Daily]
  • Justin Change somewhat disagrees with Sasha saying the Chongqing Blues had “a handful of quietly affecting moments, but elsewhere bogs down in psychodramatic flashbacks that ultimately sentimentalize as much as they clarify.” [Variety]

Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps (Out of Competition)

  • Anne Thompsons liked Oliver Stone’s latest effort saying the movie did exactly what a sequel should: “The movie pops in and out of satirizing and referencing itself and trying to create an authentic drama. And yet it moves along entertainingly, even if the resolution seems Hollywood pat.” [Thompson on Hollywood]
  • However, saying the film got mixed reviews would be the appropriate summation. Peter Bradshaw gives the film 2 out of 5 stars and says “Money looks like it’s dozing a little here: my advice is ‘sell’.” To be fair, I don’t think he cared much for the first installment. [The Guardian]

The Housemaid (In Competition)

  • It seems like there hasn’t really been a competition entry this year that has truly impressed anybody in the way that last year’s A Prophet or The White Ribbon did. Im Sang-soo’s The Housemaid didn’t hit the mark with critics in its premiere. Lee Marshall calls it “a smart but shallow remake of Kim Ki-young’s cult 1960 Korean movie of the same name.” [Screen Daily]
  • Apparently the remake feels like a borrowed movie as David Edelstein says in his quick take: “The couple’s rich meals look like leftovers from Jeunet’s Delicatessen; the wife’s plastic-faced mother is a character from Brazil; and the house looks like an abandoned set from Eyes Wide Shut.” [Vulture]

Another Year (In Competition)

  • Mike Leigh’s British slice of life drama may not be the contender that many expected it to be. Ray Bennett says the film is well-made, but lacking narrative and “boring.” [The Hollywood Reporter]
  • However, Leslie Felperin says that the film being about nothing at all is actually what allows it to be so successful: “Mike Leigh’s latest contempo, North London-set drama about an interconnected set of family and friends is almost about nothing at all and yet it gently juxtaposes the big issues of everyday life: loneliness and love, selfishness and kindness, birth and death.” [Variety]

You Will Meet a Tall, Dark Stranger (Out of Competition)

  • Kirk Honeycutt says that Woody Allen’s latest film is right along the same lines as his last several efforts, but lacks the vibrancy of Vicky Cristina Barcelona [The Hollywood Reporter]

The Strange Case of Angelica (Un Certain Regard)

  • Xavier Dolan is 21 years old and has a film in competition this year and at the opposite end of the spectrum is Manoel de Oliveira who at 101 continues to produce quality films. His latest The Strange Case of Angelica is not his best, but full of the auteur’s signatures. [Screen]

Tuesday, After Christmas (Un Certain Regard)

  • Guy Lodge calls it “the most polite study of extramarital sex I’ve ever seen.” [In Contention]

Aurora (Un Certain Regard)

  • Erik Kohn likes the film, but admits that it won’t be for everybody: “By offering context on the tail end of a story where a conventional version would have it at the beginning, Puiu invites repeat viewings—although his unhurried style is certain to turn some viewers off for the same reason it will turn others on.” [indieWIRE]


  • Sundance Film Festival Grand Jury Prize winner for Best Documentary will be distributed by Lorber Films. [indieWIRE]
  • Marquee Films has announced they will producing and distributing Bombay Dreams based on the Andrew Lloyd Weber musical. [Deadline Hollywood]
  • Before it even screened at the festival, IFC Film and the Sundance Channel have announced distribution plans for Oliver Assayas’ Carlos. [indieWIRE]


  • If you’re a betting person – the first round of odds have come in on which films will win the Palme d’Or. Awards Daily has Ken Loach’s Route Irish out in front while Neil Young has A Screaming Man going all the way.
  • Speaking of odds, Nikkie Finke handicaps the 2010 Cannes movie sales. [Deadline Hollywood]
  • Kate Beckinsale learns the dos and don’ts of being a festival judge. [Vulture]
  • INTERVIEWS: Oliver Stone [Vulture], Apichatpong Weerasethakul [Filmofilia via Awards Daily]


  • (Below) Brad Brevet takes pictures of the beautiful city life of Cannes. [Rope of Silicon]
  • Coming Soon has gathered all of the promo pictures for upcoming films that were on display in Cannes. [Coming Soon]


  • The official trailer for the competition entry The Housewife premiered online. [Trailer Addict]
  • Three clips from competition entry Outrage. [Twitch]

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  • “Another Year” has been receiving mostly raves. Looks good.

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