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May 2011

Cannes 2011: Drive, clip & reviews

Xan Brooks, Guardian The mile-o-meter is ticking all the way back to the 1980s on Drive, an existential heist movie that doffs its cap to the back catalogues of Walter Hill, John Carpenter and Michael Mann. Directed with savvy aplomb by…

Cannes 2011: Le Havre wins top Fipresci award

Variety has the news: Aki Kaurismaki's ''Le Havre,'' Pierre Schoeller's ''The Minister'' and Jeff Nichols' ''Take Shelter'' shared awards Saturday at Cannes from the Fipresci Intl. Federation of Film Critics. Also announced Saturday,…

Cannes 2011: The Skin I Live In, reviews

The Guardian's Peter Bradshaw says Pedro Almodovar's The Skin I Live In "has a fanatical intensity... It is twisted and mad, and its choreography and self-possession are superb... " The Skin I Live In is adapted from the 2003 novel…

Cannes Diary: I'll Be Seeing You…

It‚Äôs only my second year at Cannes but I already recognize so many faces from last year. I prefer to drift in and out of this world without anyone really knowing who I am. Plenty of people I know from observing them online over the…

Cannes 2011 review: Melancholia

Searching for answers, waiting for miracles - these seem to be the themes that make up many of the best films so far to play here at the Cannes Film Festival and Melancholia is certainly one of the best of those. You still won‚Äôt find…

Cannes Diary: Tree of Life at Cannes

The climax of the Cannes Film Festival, at least from this American‚Äôs point of view, was yesterday‚Äôs screening and gala for Terrence Malick‚Äôs Tree of Life. It started out being the most anticipated title, and it ended up being the…

Cannes 2011 reviews: Le Havre and The Beaver

Watching so many films flash before our eyes in Cannes presents a kaleidoscope of perspective shifts contrasting the cultural differences between countries. While The Beaver purely crystallizes America in 2011, Le Havre is purely a…

Cannes 2011 review: The Tree of Life

Some films aren‚Äôt designed to be watched and absorbed in two hours. They need repeated viewings over the years; they beg for their audience to grow along with them, their meaning evolving over time. Stanley Kubrick‚Äôs 2001 is one of…