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A bracing start to the day with Psycho Raman

16 May, 2016 Posted in: Cannes, Cannes, Festivals, Opinion, Review

Catherine Bray starts her day with a dose of Indian horror in Cannes’ Directors’ Fortnight Strand, in the form of Psycho Raman

Psycho Raman by Anurag Kashyap

Gangs of Wasseypur director Anurag Kashyap returned this morning, with a Directors’ Fortnight entry that certainly blew the cobwebs away. That’s just as well, since the Monday morning at Cannes is prone to a dip in energy as the realization sinks in that as tired as you are, there are still six whole days …

American Honey: the reviews are in at Cannes 2016

15 May, 2016 Posted in: Cannes, Cannes, Festivals, Opinion

We round up our favourite reviews of Andrea Arnold’s American Honey coming out of Cannes 2016

American Honey screened yesterday for press at Cannes for the very first time. We’ve already taken a look at the best instant responses on Twitter. Now that the critics have had time to write up their reviews, here are a selection of some of our favourites…


Guy Lodge for Variety says:

“Part dreamy millennial picaresque, part distorted tapestry of Americana and part exquisitely illustrated iTunes musical, “Honey” …

Reactions to American Honey at Cannes 2016

14 May, 2016 Posted in: Cannes, Cannes, Festivals, Online, Opinion

The first screening for press of Andrea Arnold’s Cannes Competition entry American Honey has just taken place here at Cannes – we’ll be tallying reactions as they land, so keep refreshing the page for more throughout the night.

Shia LaBeouf and Sasha Lane star in Andrea Arnold’s drama about a troubled teen who finds her feet among a group of traveling magazine subscription salespeople. But what did the the critics think? Scroll down for our favourite reactions coming out of Cannes…

Update: …

Toni Erdmann at Cannes 2016: a comic triumph from Maren Ade

14 May, 2016 Posted in: Cannes, Cannes, Festivals, Opinion, Review

Catherine Bray is tickled pink by Maren Ade’s German comedy Toni Erdmann, playing in Competition at Cannes 2016.

Toni Erdmann, by Maren Ade

Yesterday was only the third day of Cannes but it’s quite possible I’ve already seen my favourite Competition film. We’ll have to see how things shake out, but Toni Erdmann, from German director and producer Maren Ade, is currently leading the field. Of course, that could all change tonight, when Andrea Arnold’s American Honey takes a bow.

At 162 …

Stiff Competition at Cannes 2016 with Staying Vertical

12 May, 2016 Posted in: Cannes, Cannes, Festivals, Opinion, Review

Catherine Bray enjoys Stranger By The Lake director Alain Guiraudie’s return with Staying Vertical, in Competition at Cannes 2016

Staying Vertical by Alain Guiraudie

This morning’s Competition film was not what you’d call a crowd-pleaser, although perhaps that depends on the crowd. An off-beat, funny, but calculated queer-picaresque, the film follows Leo (Damien Bonnard), a kind of itinerant screenplay writer, as he encounters three different forms of parenthood, literal and metaphorical (and enjoys some explicit sex along the way).

A trinity of …