They grow up so fast – and not always for the good. At least that’s the case with the characters played by Finn Wolfhard. if in “Stranger Things” series he is part of the troupe of cute kids that has won millions of fans around the world, he now appears on Cannes film festival like a completely unbearable teenager in the movie “When you’re done saving the world”, something like “when you’re done saving the world”.
The feature film marks the directorial debut of the actor Jesse Eisenberg of “The Social Network” and ‘Zombieland’, following an increasingly expressive movement of actors moving behind the camera – at Cannes there’s also Riley Keough, granddaughter of Elvis Presley showing ‘War Pony’.
Eisenberg also wrote the screenplay for “When You’re Finished Saving the World” and the audio series it was based on. From her he brought the protagonist Wolfhard, who takes over the role of a somewhat bombastic and depoliticized teenager, who earns money by making music for his 20,000 Internet followers, as he always insists on the emphasize.
The lyrics he writes, about “crushed cookies” and school flirting, are in stark contrast to the classical music his mother listens to daily on her way to work, a drop-in center for women victims of violence.
Her vocation is social service, helping those in need – but although she doesn’t seem to have trouble connecting with those who come to the shelter, her son, in Evelyn, is a complete stranger. Julianne Moore she plays the mother who, despite her selfless work, is as self-centered as her son Ziggy, who builds her repertoire based on what should make the most money for her young fans.
Their troubled relationship sours when he discovers the flirtatious frequents a militant art club, where he reads poems about imperialism in the Marshall Islands and watches not-so-subtle performances about a ventriloquist who, as his T- shirt, represents American capitalism. .
Evelyn thinks that Ziggy, conceited and rude as he is, would be incapable of writing political songs. At the same time, he receives in his reception center a woman and her son, about the same age as Ziggy, and who is a mother’s dream.
He is implacably sensitive, tenderly helpful and extremely devoted. The complete package for a mum who, upon arriving home, barely speaks to her husband and goes directly to chat with her son.
“When you’re done saving the world” was the opening film of Critics’ Week and is currently in the running for the Caméra d’Or, aimed at young filmmakers. It was to enthusiastic applause that he ended one of his few sessions, in a theater about three kilometers from the Palácio dos Festivais and filled with an interesting mix of audiences – but in which teenagers and young adults brands.
Comments in Cannes are that the film has the most expensive at the Sundance festival than the Riviera, with its intimate family drama and wide-open American indie film atmosphere. It does, in fact, look a bit disjointed from what is seen at the French event, but it was still a nice addition to an edition without major Hollywood stars – Moore was one of the few to grace the red carpet so far.
Another sympathetic and honest debut of an actor in the realization was “Le Otto Montagne”, which the Belgian Charlotte Vandermeersch signs with the already veteran Felix van Groeningen. Competing for the Palme d’Or, the feature film tells the story of a two-decade friendship.
Pietro and Bruno are just children when they meet in the mountains of Italy, and over the years they see their stories intersect and drift away relentlessly. So much so that the film sometimes seems to get lost in itself, as uncertain of its direction as its protagonists.
It’s still a beautiful, beautifully photographed story, permeating the inherent themes of childhood innocence and the turmoil to which all friendship is subject. In short, “The Otto Mountain”, or the Eight Mountains, is about this – an ode to the friendships, mistakes and successes we make in trying to maintain these bonds.