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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 – 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 – Mon Roi

As Tony (Emmanuelle Bercot) recovers from a skiing knee injury, she reflects on her life – a therapist tells her a knee injury is symbolic since the knee is a joint that only beds backwards. Through flashback, we learn of her relationship with the enigmatic cad Georgio (Vincent Cassel), which goes from flirtatious to serious, to dangerous in quick succession. Continue reading

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Cannes Review – Irrational Man

Abe (Joaquin Phoenix) is the typical clichéd tortured professor; he struggles to find a meaning for life, although he seems Romantic to those around him. When he strikes up a friendship with student Jill (Emma Stone), and they overhear a conversation about a bullying Judge in a diner, Abe suddenly makes a decision that gives him a reason to live, and a new joy for life. Continue reading

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