Category Archives: Festival de Cannes

CANNES FILM REVIEW: Mike Leigh’s ‘Another Year’

By Ray Bennett CANNES – Mike Leigh’s latest slice of British life picture is titled “Another Year,” and many viewers will be grateful it’s just the one. Acutely observed but gloomy and lacking narrative, it tells of 12 months in … Continue reading

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CANNES FILM REVIEW: Cheol-soo Jang’s ‘Bedevilled’

By Ray Bennett CANNES – Cheol-soo Jang’s “Bedevilled” tells of two young Korean women raised on a remote island in a brutally uncaring community. One has escaped to the big city but remains wrapped seriously tight and when she returns … Continue reading

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Sergey Dvortsevoy’s brilliant ‘Tulpan’ opens in UK

By Ray Bennett I had a very enjoyable dinner at the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival two summers ago with Kazakhstan film director Sergey Dvortsevoy to celebrate his marvelous film “Tulpan”, which finally reaches cinemas in the United Kingdom this … Continue reading

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Actor David Carradine dies aged 72

By Ray Bennett LONDON – Associated Press has reported out of Bangkok that actor David Carradine, star of the 1970s TV series “Kung Fu” who had a wide-ranging career in the movies, has been found dead in the Thai capital. … Continue reading

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CANNES FILM REVIEW: Denis Villeneuve’s ‘Polytechnique’

By Ray Bennett CANNES – Denis Villeneuve’s “Polytechnique” is a dispassionate retelling of the massacre of 14 young women at a school in Montreal by a deranged young man with a high-powered rifle in December 1989. Filmed in black and … Continue reading

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CANNES FILM REVIEW: Michel Franco’s ‘Daniel and Anna’

By Ray Bennett CANNES – Michel Franco’s prurient and off-putting little film “Daniel & Ana”, which screened in Directors’ Fortnight, is about a teenage brother and slightly older sister in Mexico City, who are kidnapped and forced to have sex … Continue reading

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CANNES FILM REVIEW: ‘The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus’

By Ray Bennett CANNES – The first big question about Terry Gilliam’s “The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus” involves how the filmmaker managed to complete the film when his star Heath Ledger (below) died in the middle of shooting. The answer … Continue reading

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CANNES FILM REVIEW BRIEF: Juraj Lehotsky’s ‘Blind Loves’

By Ray Bennett CANNES – Love is blind, the poets say, and the blind also love but it’s not so easy to clink glasses of celebratory champagne when you and your partner cannot see. Slovakian director Juraj Lehotsky observes this … Continue reading

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CANNES FILM REVIEW: Ken Loach’s ‘Looking for Eric’

By Ray Bennett CANNES – The term “crowd-pleaser” is not often attached to the work of Ken Loach, the British Palme d’Or-winning director of films of social realism, but his latest Festival de Cannes Competition entry, “Looking for Eric,” is … Continue reading

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CANNES FILM REVIEW: Olivier Cohen’s ‘Invisible Eyes’

By Ray Bennett CANNES – Olivier Cohen’s intelligent mystery “Invisible Eyes” has all the conventions of a thriller about a woman alone in a house but confounds expectations by moving pleasingly into “Twilight Zone” territory. The offbeat story, which stars … Continue reading

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