May 28, 2012

Last Days at Cannes

photo courtesy of Eric Gaillard/Reuters
Sadly, we are biased against Robert Pattinson because he was in "Twilight", however that fact won't stop us from going to see Cosmopolis mainly because David Cronenberg always serves up odd dishes. We like that. This photo taken during the Cosmopolis photocall is pretty cool. There were actually some Robophants who thought he'd win the Palme D'Or. Silly girls. It doesn't work that way. If he proves himself, one day he might win. He has time.

photo courtesy of Vogue Paris
On the opposite end of the spectrum to "Cosmopolis" (youth, insane wealth and anarchy) we have "Amour", the winning film this year. Isabelle Huppert and Jean-Louis Trintignant at the premiere of "Amour" directed by Austrian filmmaker Michael Haneke. For the second time in three years, he wins the Palme D'Or - a first in the festival's history.

"Amour" is about a couple who has been together for more than 60 years. She suffers a stroke and her husband and daughter have to face the inevitable. Sounds rather dire and I think you can only appreciate this film if you have experienced something similar. Then you can cry unashamedly in the knowledge you're not alone. Always helpful.

I worked with Michael Haneke briefly on "Benny's Video" back in the early 90's. I thought he was an asshole and hated all his movies (creepy weird and disturbing). Believe it or not, one does grow wiser with age: he's still an asshole, his movies are still creepy but I'll go see "Amour".

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