Category Archives: Cannes 2015

Cannes Review – The Sea of Trees

Arthur Brennan (Matthew McConaughey) travels to Aokigahara Forest at the base of Japan’s Mount Fuji, with the notion of killing himself. The forest is famous for being one of the most beautiful places in the world to kill oneself, and as Arthur settles on his decision to end it all, he encounters Takumi Nakamura (Ken Watanabe), a man who seemingly had the same idea as Brennan but, gravely injured and with a change of heart, is trying to find his way out of the forest. Continue reading

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Cannes Review – Ice and the Sky

French exploratory scientist Claude Lorius is the focus of this documentary by Luc Jacquet. As Loruis reflects on his life and achievements, the audience learns about his 22 missions of Antarctica, during which his research led him to some startling realisations. Continue reading

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Cannes Review – Dope

Malcolm (Shameik Moore) and his friends Diggy (Kiersey Clemons) and Jib (Tony Revolori) are the uncool high school seniors. Onsessed with 90s hip hop, the kids are consistently bullied by their peers until they get invited to a party thrown by dope dealer Dom (Rakim Mayers). When the party is raided by a rival gang, and Malcolm discovers he has a backpack full of drugs and guns, the kids find themselves drawn into a world they knew existed, but had never truly encountered before. Continue reading

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Cannes Review – Dheepan

Dheepan (Jesuthasan Antonythasan) moves from war-torn Sri Lanka to France with Yalini (Kalieaswari Srinivasan) and Illayaal (Claudine Winasuthamby). To all intents and purposes, they are a family trying to escape the horrors of their home country, but the three are travelling on the passports of the dead; this secret unites them, and also almost becomes their undoing Continue reading

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Cannes Review – The Little Prince

Desperate to get into a good school and get her life on track, a 9 year old little girl (Mackenzie Foy) and her mother (Rachel McAdams) devise a plan of study and hard work for the summer. To be in with a chance of being in the right catchment area, the family move into a house next door to a crumbling but brightly coloured house, that doesn’t fit in with any of the others on the street. It is here that The Aviator (Jeff Bridges) lives, and it is not long before he had befriended the little girl with his tales of The Little Prince, and she has forgotten all about her summer of work. Continue reading

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Cannes Review – Chronic

David (Tim Roth) is a home care nurse who works with terminally ill patients. Almost seamlessly inserting himself into their lives, David steals details of their worlds to tell strangers, and often becomes more relied upon and trusted than the patients’ families. Continue reading

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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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