Thursday, May 10, 2018
Thursday Movie Picks: Cannes Favorites
For the 19th week of 2018 as part of Wandering Through the Shelves' Thursday Movie Picks series hosted by Wanderer. The subject, suggested by me in conjunction with the Cannes Film Festival, is favorite films that played at the prestigious festival held every May in the south of France. There’s so many to choose from as a lot of great films came at Cannes as well as some duds (Southland Tales, The Last Face, and The Brown Bunny). Here are my three picks for films that played at the Cannes Film Festival that I loved:
1. The Dreamlife of Angels
Winner of the Best Actress prize to both Elodie Bouchez and Natacha Regnier at the 1998 Cannes Film Festival comes a film by Erick Zonca about two women living on the fringes of society as they try to find work as they become friends despite their troubling circumstances. It's a film that doesn’t just explore loneliness and the need for companionship but also a look into women finding a place in a world that is resistant to progress. It is truly one of the finest European films to ever come out in the 20th Century as it needs to be seen by a wider audience.
2. A Prophet
Winner of the Grand Jury Prize at the 2009 Cannes Film Festival comes Jacque Audiard’s riveting character study of a 19-year old North African-French prisoner who goes to prison where he would later become a crime boss ruling his own empire. Featuring a tremendous breakthrough performance Tahar Rahim, the film follows a man who is serving a six-year sentence for assaulting a cop as he would learn how to survive as well as become his own man as it is an unusual coming-of-age film that is gritty but also intoxicating to watch.
3. Silent Light
Co-winner of the Jury Prize at the 2007 Cannes Film Festival is a film from Carlos Reygadas that explores the Mennonite community in Mexico where a farmer is having an affair with another woman that would eventually shake up his entire family life. It’s an unusual film that will definitely challenge viewers due to its slow pacing and lack of conventional narrative yet it has these elements in its cinematography and sound design that are engaging in the way it captures a world that not many people know of. Even as it’s willing to tackle the idea of faith and devotion in this small community that is often tempted by elements of the outside world.
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