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The parade of celebrities present in walking sticks, one of the world’s leading film festivals, which runs until May 28. To stay in the mood for the event, I bring you good shots of award-winning films on the Côte d’Azur in the past, including “Titane”, winner of the Palme d’Or in 2021.
love in the rough
Winner of the Critics’ Week prize at Cannes in 2000, this feature film revealed the talent of Mexican Alejandro Gonzalez Iñárritu, Oscar-winning director for “Birdman” and “The Revenant”. In the best “Pulp Fiction” style, the stories of three characters intertwine: a homeless man who tries to return to his family, a dog owner who fights clandestinely and a man who leaves his wife to live with a model. Everyone is involved in a car accident.
Available on Netflix (154 mins.)
Nicolas Winding Refn won Best Director in 2011 with this policeman played by Ryan Gosling and Carey Mulligan, and with other big names in small roles, like Bryan Cranston and Oscar Isaac. Gosling plays a quiet, skilled pilot who uses his skills as a stuntman from Hollywood films or as an escape pilot. However, when he falls in love with the neighbor whose husband is about to be released from prison, his life changes.
Available on Netflix (100 mins.)
Before “The Square”, Ruben Östlund had already attracted the attention of the French festival with this great drama, winner of the jury prize in the program Un Certain Regard. A Swedish family consisting of a father, a mother and two children lives together harmoniously and goes on vacation to the Alps. All is well until an artificially induced avalanche spirals out of control and approaches the restaurant where they are, scaring everyone. However, the parents’ reaction to the near-tragedy is quite different: as she jumps on her children to protect them, he impulsively runs for the exit. this provokes a revolt in the woman, calling into question the marriage and the role of the father in the family.
Available on Prime Video and Mubi (120 min.)
One of the great cult films of the 1980s, “Paris, Texas” (1984) won the Palme d’Or and Cannes Jury Prize for German Wim Wenders. Harry Dean Stanton, who died in 2017, plays the man found without memory in the middle of a desert in the United States. After being taken in by his brother, he begins to recover his memory and goes in search of his wife. Not so great, but remarkable turnout, by Nastassja Kinski.
Available at the Beaux-Arts à la Carte (145 min.)
Jane Campion just won the Best Director Oscar with ‘Attack of the Dogs’ on her second attempt. The first was with ‘The Piano’ (1993), which lost at the Oscars but won the Palme d’Or – shared with Chen Kaige’s ‘Farewell, My Comcubine’. In Victorian times, a woman who doesn’t speak is forced to move to New Zealand with her daughter as part of a marriage of convenience. Her beloved piano is sold by her husband to a local merchant. She proceeds to find the dealer to retrieve the instrument in exchange for lessons and sex. The meetings become more and more intense and heavy with consequences. Holly Hunter and young Anna Paquin won the Academy Awards for Actress and Supporting Actress, respectively.
Available on Télécinema (121 min.)
Pulp Fiction – Time of Violence
It’s not very common to see Americans triumphing at Cannes, and Quentin Tarantino’s masterpiece had strong competition, like “Queen Margot” and “Through the Olives”, but it may have helped that the 1994 jury was chaired by Clint Eastwood. The cult film tells the story of several characters who intersect in a non-chronological order, like two mafia henchmen who are going to collect a debt; or when one of them has to take the boss’ girlfriend to dinner; or that of a boxer who tries to hit the players and flee the city. The sharp cast brings together Samuel L. Jackson, John Travolta, Uma Thurman, Bruce Willis, Harvey Keitel and co.
Available on HBO Max (154 mins.)
The Square: The Art of Discord
A respected museum curator in Stockholm is in a time of extreme professional tension and is doing everything he can to make a new installation a success, including hiring a public relations firm. However, his cell phone is stolen and he loses control of everything around him, subjecting himself to situations that question his ethics. The film by Swedish Ruben Östlund (the same as “Force Majeure”), with American Elizabeth Moss (“The Handmaid’s Tale”), won the Palme d’Or in 2017. Read the movie review.
Available at the Beaux-Arts à la Carte (151 min.)
The most recent Palme d’Or winner, Julia Ducournau’s controversial ‘Titane’, debunked the critics’ favorite ‘Drive My Car’, which went on to win the International Film Oscar. The film actually has a somewhat bizarre plot as it tells the story of characters such as a woman who, after a violent car accident, becomes sexually attracted to automobiles; and a young man found in an airport ten years after his disappearance; to top it off, a series of murders take place in the same area. It’s daring to say the least. Learn more about the movie.
Available on Mubi (108 min.)
Despite all the success in the various awards, Pedro Almodóvar has yet to win the Palme d’Or. It was close to “Tudo sobre Minha Mãe” (director’s award) and this “Volver”, chosen as best screenplay and with the actress award shared between the female cast, led by Penélope Cruz, Lola Dueñas and Carmen Maura . The film provides insight into strong women in a family, who must survive in the face of economic and social hardship, despite the men around them. Raimunda (Penelope) speaks to her mother more after her death than during her lifetime. This communication is even greater after a tragedy involving Raimunda and her teenage daughter.
Available on Netflix and Mubi (121 min.)
The Truman Show
Granted, Peter Weir’s 1998 feature was never selected for the Cannes Film Festival, but a still from the film illustrates the official poster of this edition of the French event. The film, which remains relevant, tells the story of Truman (Jim Carrey), a discreet salesman who leads a quiet routine until he begins to suspect that his whole life is a hoax. Truman has actually been the star of a reality show since the day he was born, The Truman Show. Ed Harris and Laura Linney also stand out in the casting.
Available on Prime Video and HBO Max (103 min.)
This new version for sitcom “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air”, made famous by Will Smith in the 1990s, bears little resemblance to the original. The basic structure is the same: Will Smith (played by Jabari Banks) is a teenager who leaves Philadelphia to live with his aunt and uncle’s family in a mansion in Bel-Air, Los Angeles. But the similarities end there. Forget Smith’s comedy and cheerleaders reminding you to laugh. “Bel-Air” is a teen drama, rated 16 on Star+. The first episode does a good job of explaining what prompted Will to move: a high school basketball star, he accepts a bet with a drug dealer in a street game and, after winning, things go wrong, with Will ending up in prison. Uncle Phil (Adrian Holmes), a candidate and prosecutor in Los Angeles, offers shelter and a new beginning to the young man in Bel-Air. Clumsy formerly Carlton (son of Phil and Viv) now uses drugs in secret and takes on the villain role as Will’s antagonist at home and school. Will Smith, the real one, only appears in the credits, as executive producer.
Available on Star+ (10 episodes)
The city is ours
Fans of “The Wire” (also on HBO Max) should enjoy this new six-part crime miniseries. Adapted from Justin Fenton’s book, inspired by a true story, the production shows the fight against police corruption in Baltimore (city of “The Wire”). In a non-linear fashion, the series presents the entanglement of the characters and their connections, focusing more on the violent Sergeant Wayne Jenkins (Jon Bernthal), from his entry into the force to the period when he becomes the leader of a force. special. seize weapons. However, more than the action of a police officer or a group, the series crystallizes a systemic behavior of the police. Candidate for one of the best series of the year.
Available on HBO Max (4 out of 6 episodes)
Moonfall – Lunar Threat
If you like disaster movies, but really love them and miss them a lot, you can try “Moonfall”. It’s another film from Roland Emmerich, the man who once destroyed the Earth with alien invasion (“Independence Day”), climate change (“The Day After Tomorrow”) and even Mayan prophecy (“2012 “). This time, a mysterious force knocks the Moon out of its natural orbit, which will cause it to collide with Earth and… annihilate the planet, of course. A discredited astronaut, his former partner, and a half-mad theorist (pun unavoidable) are Earth’s last hope. Along with Halle Barry (yes), she’s a strong contender for the Golden Raspberry 2023. But… she has these scenes of large-scale destruction.
Available on Prime Video (130 min.)
Top Gun: Indomitable Aces
Capitalizing on “Top Gun: Maverick”‘s theatrical debut, Star+ recently released the first movie starring the character. Not that it needed a lot of info to follow the sequel, but 1980s nostalgia can remember the first, which had great action scenes with aerial chases, a pop soundtrack that sold many LPs (I bought one), beautiful Kelly McGillis and magnificent Tom Cruise becoming one of the best stars of his generation. The story? Well, Maverick (Cruise) is a talented, arrogant and rebellious fighter pilot, who is sent to a school with other pilots to hone his skills and turn into… top gun, uhu. Along the way, he falls in love with his instructor (McGillis), bumps into another classmate (Val Kilmer), and plays beach volleyball with partner Goose (Anthony Edwards).
Available on Star+ (100 mins.)