• ‘Pain and Glory' Film Review: Antonio Banderas Plays Pedro Almodóvar - Sort Of

    2 monthes ago - By The Wrap

    Art imitates life in Pedro Almodóvar's “Pain and Glory,” which screened in competition at the Cannes Film Festival on Friday evening. Or maybe it's more accurate to say that the iconic Spanish director reimagines life - his life - as a fantasia borne out of the cinematic vocabulary he's created over the last four decades.
    “Pain and Glory” suggests that Almodóvar's films were based on the preoccupations that developed when he was a child, but then refracts the life that formed his art through the style of that art. If there's a house-of-mirrors aspect to this, the trickiness is one of the...
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  • ‘The Climb' Film Review: For a Change, Cannes Does Comedy

    2 monthes ago - By The Wrap

    Little out of the ordinary goes down in “The Climb.” Friends bicker and bond, families meet for the holidays, couples join together and come apart - the wheels of life keeps spinning.
    So the fact that director Michael Angelo Covino is able to wring as much genuine surprise from such seemingly unexceptional raw material is a real testament to creative spark he brings to this project - and is one of the many reasons why this film, which premiered on Friday in the Un Certain Regard sidebar, is one of the standout titles of this year's Cannes Film Festival.
    Covino brought a short of the same...
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  • ‘Little Joe' Film Review: Cannes Gets a Horticultural Horror Flick

    2 monthes ago - By The Wrap

    “Fear can affect our perception of reality,” says an inquisitive shrink about halfway through “Little Joe,” Jessica Hausner's highbrow horticulture horror flick that premiered in the main competition at the Cannes Film Festival on Friday. And if that observation might be the case for the beleaguered mother at the center of this sci-fi head-trip, it is entirely the other way around when describing Hausner's intentions.
    With her English language debut, the Austrian filmmaker has channeled her perceptions of fear, taking a common reality - that which parents face when their kids reach...
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