Cannes Review – Valley of Love

Isabelle (Isabelle Huppert) and Gerard (Gerard Depardieu) meet in the sweltering hot Death Valley. The couple were once married, and their son Michael has sent them letters detailing his suicide, and his plans to return. The stipulation is that both his parents must be present for this to happen, and the site of his return will be one of seven Death Valley landmarks. As the two wait to see their late son, they argue, debate and converse about their lives together, and apart. Continue reading

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Cannes Review – Treasure

When Costi’s neighbour first calls to his door asking to borrow money, then explaining he believes there to be buried treasure at his grandparents’ house, which he needs to hire a metal detector to find, Costi is sceptical but curious. The two men find a technician willing to help them, and set about digging up what could potentially be a fortune. Continue reading

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Cannes Review – The Here After

When John (Ulrik Munther) is released from prison, he returns hoe to his father and younger brother, hoping to carry on with his life and forget the past. The trouble is, memories are long in the small town he lives in, and although John may have paid for his crimes, it is clear he is not yet forgiven. Continue reading

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Canne Review – The Assassin

In 7th century China, Yinnang (Shu Qi) a trained assassin is sent to execute a governor. When she balks at the mission because the governor’s child was there, the ‘princess-nun’ Jiaxin (Sheu Fang-yi) sends her back to her home in Weibo to kill her cousin Tian (Chang Chen), the governor of the region. Returning home is a challenge for Yinnang, not least because she and her cousin used to be incredibly close. Continue reading

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Cannes Review – Youth

Returning to the Swiss holiday destination he always visited with his wife, retired English composer Fred Ballinger (Michael Caine) finds himself reflecting over his life, with his friend Mick (Harvey Keitel), Fred finds himself hassled by the Palace to perform his famous Simple Songs for the Queen, a request he consistently denies. Continue reading

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Cannes Review – Mountains May Depart

Jia Zhang-ke tackles the issue of China’s Westernisation in this drama. Told through the relationships between Tao (Zhao Tao), Liang (Liang Jingdong) and Jingsheng (Zhang Yi), the film spans 26 years in the lives of the characters, and the emotional changes they go through as the world changes around them. Continue reading

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Cannes Review – Louder Than Bombs

Four years after the death of a famed war photographer (Isabelle Huppert), her family are still dealing with her death to varying degrees. When a New York Times journalist promises to write an article about the late photographer, revealing the truth about her death, the family is left to deal with the implications of the truth. Continue reading

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Cannes Review – Sicario

After a gruesome find at a house raid in Arizona, FBI Agent Kate Macy (Emily Blunt) is asked to volunteer for a task force aimed at taking a Mexican cartel boss down. Initially excited to be finally on the front lines, Macy soon learns that there is more going on in this task force than she has been led to believe. Continue reading

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Cannes Review – Inside Out

Joy (Amy Poehler) came into being as an emotion in Riley’s (Kaitlyn Dias) head the moment she was born, quickly followed by Sadness (Phyllis Smith), Fear (Bill Hader), Disgust (Mindy Kaling) and Anger (Lewis Black). As Riley has grown, they have protected her, and helped her make decisions, but when Riley’s family moves from Minnesota to San Fransisco, and Joy and Sadness become lost in Riley’s mind, they must band together to return to headquarters and help Riley deal with the changes in her life. Continue reading

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Cannes Review – Green Room

Punk band Ain’t Rights travel the country picking up gigs and making enough money for petrol and food. When a gig is badly managed, the organiser promises a better one at a bar his cousin knows… A white supremacist bar in the middle of nowhere. After the gig, the band stumble across the aftermath of a murder, and suddenly find themselves in an unrelenting and violent fight for their lives. Continue reading

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