The 76th Cannes Festival :10 movies you don't miss

 After the opening of the 76th Cannes Festival: 10 movies you don't miss.

Festival De Cannes

When American actor Johnny Depp ascended the steps of the Palais des Festivals in Cannes, he not only embraced the joy of being the protagonist in the opening film "Jeanne du Barry," a captivating romance where he portrayed King Louis XV, but he also experienced immense delight upon his return after an absence.

Depp was not alone in his revelry, as the organizers of the Cannes International Film Festival spared no effort in assembling an impressive lineup of stars and icons from the film industry. Among the luminaries gracing the occasion were Tom Hanks, Scarlett Johansson, Leonardo DiCaprio, Robert De Niro, Julianne Moore, Natalie Portman, Harrison Ford, Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Sean Penn, Ty Sheridan, and Mike Tyson.

As the festival commenced, it ushered in a diverse array of intriguing film screenings. Despite the presence of Hollywood giants showcasing their creations, the selection also encompassed ten films that delved into profound subjects, addressing them in unconventional and thought-provoking ways, thus bearing the distinctive marks of mature storytelling.

1- (Anatomy Of A Fall)

Within the official competition, French director and writer Justin Tritt presents a penetrating exploration of the institution of marriage in his film. Breaking conventional norms, the movie intricately weaves together the challenges of the present and the anxieties of the future, delivering a harsh and unyielding portrayal.

The narrative unfolds with the discovery of Samuel's lifeless body in the snow, just outside the secluded chalet where he resided with his wife, Sandra, a German writer, and their 11-year-old visually impaired son, Danielle. This tragic incident sets in motion a gripping investigation, blurring the lines between suicide and murder, ultimately categorizing it as a "suspicious death."

As the film progresses, it delves deep into the disintegration of the marital relationship, exposing the complexities and fractures within. The trial of Sandra becomes the focal point, unraveling the layers of their union. Meanwhile, their young son, Danielle, becomes lost in the midst of this harsh experience, grappling with the intense circumstances thrust upon him and navigating the intricacies of his relationship with his mother.

2- (Banel & Adama)

"Pannell & Adama" marks the debut of French-Senegalese director Ramata Tolay Sy in the competition, making it the sole screening representing her artistic vision. Sy has previously contributed as a screenwriter to notable works like "Our Lady of the Nile," which was showcased at Berlinale 2020, and "Sibel," which premiered at the Locarno Film Festival in Switzerland in 2018.

This compelling narrative unfolds in a secluded village in northern Senegal, where a courageous young couple challenges the traditional expectations set by their families. As their forbidden love defies societal norms, their union becomes the center of a grave and consequential crime that reverberates throughout the entire village.

3- (The Chimera)

Returning to Cannes, acclaimed Italian director Alice Rohrauacher presents "Illusion," an international co-production that features the talented duo of Josh O'Connor and Isabella Rossellini.

Alice has garnered recognition for her notable works such as "Happy as Lazzaro" (2018), "The Wonders" (2014), and "Corpo Celeste" (2011), establishing herself as a prominent figure in the industry.

Set in the vibrant era of the 1980s, "Illusion" delves into the captivating tale of a young English archaeologist entangled within a world of grave robbers and the illicit trade of ancient artifacts. The film immerses viewers in the gripping narrative that unfolds as the protagonist navigates this treacherous realm.

4- (Club Zero)

Club Zero," the sixth cinematic masterpiece from Austrian director Jessica Hausner, marks her second venture in the English language. This psychological drama takes place within the confines of an esteemed boarding school, where a teacher establishes a profound connection with five students. However, as their relationship intensifies, it veers toward a perilous crossroads. Notably, the film features the exceptional talents of Egyptian actor Amir Al-Masry, adding another layer of intrigue to the narrative.

As "Club Zero" progresses, the intricate dynamics between the teacher and the five students unravel with gripping intensity. Within the walls of the elite boarding school, hidden desires, suppressed emotions, and complex power dynamics come to the fore.

The teacher, driven by a genuine passion for nurturing young minds, finds solace and purpose in the company of these talented and impressionable students. The bonds formed transcend the traditional teacher-student relationship, blurring boundaries and raising questions about the nature of mentorship.

However, as their connection deepens, the film takes a thrilling turn, exposing the darker undercurrents lurking beneath the surface. Secrets, manipulation, and betrayal emerge, pushing the relationship to a dangerous precipice.

Amidst the unfolding drama, Egyptian actor Amir Al-Masry delivers a compelling performance, adding depth and nuance to the ensemble cast. His presence brings a unique perspective and cultural richness to the narrative, further intensifying the tension within the story.

"Club Zero" challenges the audience to delve into the depths of the human psyche, exploring the complexities of power, trust, and the blurred lines between authority and vulnerability. With Hausner's masterful direction and the exceptional performances of the cast, this psychological drama grips viewers until its thought-provoking climax.

5. "May December"

Following his critically acclaimed documentary "The Velvet Underground," Todd Haynes returns with his latest cinematic offering, marking his first feature film since its premiere two years ago. "May December" not only signifies a notable milestone in Haynes' career but also represents his fourth entry competing for the prestigious Palme d'Or. His previous Palme d'Or contenders include "Wonderstruck" in 2017, "Carol" in 2015, and "Velvet Goldmine" in 1998.

Approaching the institution of marriage from a fresh perspective, "May December" delves into the complexities of a relationship that has endured for two decades. The couple has become an emblem of romance, celebrated and idolized within their society. However, their harmonious facade crumbles under the weight of pressure when an actress enters their lives, conducting research on their past.

As the story unfolds, the couple finds themselves confronting the stark reality of their shared history. The carefully guarded secrets and untold truths are laid bare, challenging the perception of their idyllic union. The arrival of the actress serves as a catalyst, unraveling the carefully woven tapestry of their lives.

In "May December," Todd Haynes explores the intricate dynamics of relationships, the fragility of perception, and the consequences of hidden truths. With his distinctive storytelling style and nuanced direction, Haynes invites audiences to question the idealized notions of love and romance.

Through compelling performances and a thought-provoking narrative, "May December" offers a profound exploration of the human experience, unveiling the layers of vulnerability and resilience within the institution of marriage.

6- (Killers Of The Flower Moon)

Blending the legacies of both old and new Hollywood, the release of this film at Cannes serves as a symbolic passing of the torch from one legendary actor to another. Robert De Niro, an icon of the late 20th and early 21st centuries, hands over the banner of stardom to Leonardo DiCaprio, who skyrocketed to fame with his unforgettable role in the 1997 film "Titanic" and continues to shine brightly in the firmament of stardom.

At the helm of this cinematic masterpiece is acclaimed director Martin Scorsese, a Palme d'Or recipient for his 1976 film "Taxi Driver." Now, in 2023, he returns to Cannes with a compelling crime drama, drawing inspiration from David Grann's acclaimed 2017 book "Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI."

The film boasts a stellar cast, featuring the talents of Leonardo DiCaprio, Lily Gladstone, Jesse Plemons, and the incomparable Robert De Niro. With their combined artistry, this cinematic creation promises to captivate audiences and leave an indelible mark on the landscape of film.

Under Scorsese's masterful direction and the extraordinary performances of the cast, "Killers of the Flower Moon" delves into a gripping narrative, delving into the depths of crime and the birth of the FBI. This collaboration of Hollywood luminaries ensures a cinematic experience that will both mesmerize and leave a lasting impression on viewers.

7- (Along Came Love)

Renowned French writer and director Katel Coilverie made a memorable entrance onto the Cannes scene in 2010 with her film "Love Like Poison," establishing herself as a prominent figure in the festival circuit. Since then, she has continued to contribute her exceptional talent to various editions of the festival.

In her latest work, "Near Love Comes," which competes out of competition, Coilverie weaves a compelling narrative around the character of Madeleine. Set against the backdrop of a hotel, Madeleine, a devoted mother to a young child, works as a waitress. Her path intersects with that of Francois, a wealthy student, and an intense bond begins to form between them.

As their relationship evolves, Francois gradually becomes conflicted and attempts to distance himself. The driving force behind his actions stems from Madeleine's deep attachment to her child, which poses a challenge to their connection. The film explores the complexities of love, attachment, and the sacrifices one may be compelled to make.

With her distinctive storytelling style and nuanced approach, Coilverie delves into the intricacies of human relationships, drawing audiences into a poignant exploration of the dynamics between motherhood, romance, and individual desires.

"Near Love Comes" showcases Coilverie's exceptional directorial prowess, breathing life into the characters and immersing viewers in their emotional journey. Through her masterful storytelling, the film invites reflection on the delicate balance between personal aspirations and the enduring bond of motherhood.

8- (The Delinquents)

The Mysterious World" stands as the latest cinematic creation from Argentine director Rodrigo Moreno, whose talent has been recognized in esteemed events like the Berlin Film Festival, where this film premiered in 2011.

Set against the vibrant backdrops of Buenos Aires and Cordoba, Moreno's film "The Delinquents" delves into the captivating narrative of Mora and Roman. Driven by a shared yearning for freedom and adventure, their paths intertwine as they embark on a journey that leads them to divergent paths.

One of them succumbs to the allure of a robbery, discovering an alternative to the mundane existence that plagues their life. Meanwhile, the other finds themselves entangled in a web of deception, hiding ill-gotten money that does not rightfully belong to them. As their actions drive them apart, an unexpected twist of fate unites them once again, bound together as partners in crime.

"The Delinquents" offers an exploration of the human condition, as Mora and Roman grapple with choices, consequences, and the duality of their desires. Rodrigo Moreno's adept direction brings forth the complexities of these characters and the magnetic pull that draws them into a world of criminality.

Through its engaging storytelling and captivating performances, "The Delinquents" presents a thought-provoking examination of the blurred lines between right and wrong, fate and free will, ultimately leaving audiences captivated by the allure of the mysterious world that Moreno skillfully unveils.

9- (The New Boy)

Celebrated Australian Aboriginal filmmaker Warwick Thornton makes a triumphant return to Cannes with his latest offering, "The New Boy," following his previous accolades, including a Palme d'Or win for Best Photography in 2009.

Continuing his exploration of indigenous communities, a recurring theme in Thornton's distinguished body of work, "The New Boy" immerses viewers in a captivating narrative. The film builds upon the success of Thornton's award-winning work at the Venice and Toronto festivals in 2017. Set in the forties of the previous century, this poignant tale unfolds in Australia, shedding light on the lives of nine orphaned Aboriginal children.

At the center of the story, the incomparable Cate Blanchett portrays the role of a compassionate nun entrusted with the task of nurturing and raising these children. As the narrative unravels, "The New Boy" delves into the complex dynamics of cultural identity, resilience, and the unbreakable bonds that form within the indigenous community.

Thornton's masterful direction brings forth the authenticity and emotional depth of the characters, painting a vivid picture of their experiences. With "The New Boy," he continues to showcase his profound understanding of the cultural landscape and the struggles faced by marginalized communities.

Through the exceptional performances of the cast, including the remarkable presence of Cate Blanchett, "The New Boy" confronts themes of identity, heritage, and the power of compassion in the face of adversity. Warwick Thornton's artistic vision once again captivates audiences, shedding light on the untold stories that deserve to be heard on the grand stage of Cannes.

10-  (Only The River Flows)

Chinese director Wei Shugun has once again been granted the honor of participating in the prestigious festival, marking his third consecutive appearance. Following his notable films "Striding Into The Wind" (2020) and "Ripples Of Life," which was based on Yu Hua's acclaimed short novel "Wrong in the River," Wei Shugun now presents his latest cinematic endeavor.

This captivating new film centers around a Chinese town plagued by a string of heinous crimes. As chaos engulfs the community, the diligent police chief takes it upon himself to investigate and apprehend numerous suspects seemingly chosen at random. However, the mounting evidence propels him to delve deeper into the hidden behaviors and secrets of the local residents.

Wei Shugun's masterful direction unveils a narrative that exposes the dark underbelly of a seemingly tranquil town. With meticulous attention to detail, he peels back the layers of the story, shedding light on the complexities and intricacies of human behavior.

Through the compelling performances of the cast, the film paints a vivid portrait of a community gripped by fear, suspicion, and the enigmatic motives that drive its inhabitants. As the police chief unravels the truth, the film explores themes of morality, hidden truths, and the consequences of unearthing buried secrets.

Wei Shugun's selection for the festival signifies his remarkable talent and contribution to Chinese cinema. With this latest offering, he invites audiences to embark on a captivating journey, navigating the treacherous terrain of a town consumed by crimes and the relentless pursuit of justice.