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Cannes 2016: Cristian Mungiu’s Graduation is impeccably constructed

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

Catherine Bray catches Romanian auteur Cristian Mungiu’s Cannes Competition film Graduation, a minor but riveting morality play.

Cristian Mungiu’s Graduation


For Cannes audiences with hopes pinned on Cristian Mungiu to deliver another knock-out blow of the kind he achieved with Beyond the Hills and 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days, his latest, Graduation, playing in Competition at the 69th Cannes Film Festival, may qualify as something of a disappointment. I have to say, I was riveted by this slow-burn precision …

Cannes 2016: Gimme Danger (dir. Jim Jarmusch)

19 May, 2016 Posted in: Cannes, Cannes, Documentaries, Review

Michael Leader catches the Cannes premiere of Jim Jarmusch’s documentary chronicling the career of The Stooges…

What a treat! Not one, but two new films from independent cinema deity Jim Jarmusch in the Official Selection at Cannes. The first was Paterson, which Film4’s Catherine Bray reviewed earlier this week, and here’s the flip-side, a rousing documentary about proto-punk pioneers The Stooges.

Formed in Ann Arbor, Michigan in 1967 by former jobbing drummer James Osterberg (aka Iggy Pop), brothers Ron …

Cannes 2016: a mid-fest treat in the form of Paterson

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

Catherine Bray falls for Jim Jarmusch’s quietly charming Competition entry Paterson, starring Adam Driver.

Adam Driver stars as Paterson

Jim Jarmusch films are a bit of an unknown quantity for me – sometimes I want to throw things at the screen because it all seems so unbearably precious, and at other times, I’m utterly seduced by his worldview and characters. Paterson, a gently charming film about a poet/bus driver played by Adam Driver, called Paterson, who lives in Paterson, falls into …

Kristen Stewart wows in ambiguous ghost story Personal Shopper at Cannes 2016

16 May, 2016 Posted in: Cannes, Cannes, Careers, Festivals

Catherine Bray is caught off guard by Kristen Stewart in Personal Shopper, premiering in Competition at Cannes 2016.

Kristen Stewart stars in Personal Shopper

Sometimes, you just don’t do your homework. There are films at Cannes I’ve walked into knowing a great deal about, and then there’s Personal Shopper. It’s the second collaboration between Kristen Stewart and Olivier Assayas after Clouds Of Sils Maria, where she played PA to a famous actress, and because the bare bones premise of Personal Shopper …

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 …