Tag: Cannes 2017

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*** (out of 4)

As a filmmaker, Lynne Ramsay has never shied away from gruesome material. Her first two features, Ratcatcher and Morvern Callar, respectively depicted garbage-infested slums and the aftermath of a suicide. Seven years ago, moreover, she achieved instant notoriety with We Need to Talk About Kevin, a film about a mother whose son kills several classmates at school. Now, in You Were Never Really Here, Ramsay has decided to tell the story of Joe (Joaquin Phoenix) – a lonely, hammer-wielding hitman who gets hired to rescue a 14-year-old girl named Nina (Ekaterina Samsonov) from an underage prostitution ring.

Reviews - New Releases/Festivals

Reviews - New Releases/Festivals

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** (out of 4)

Last May, the movie world got its second big surprise of the year (after this one) when Pedro Almodóvar announced the winners of the 70th Cannes Film Festival. The film taking home the Palme d’Or turned out to be neither Happy End (from Michael Haneke, the Austrian director who’s become a fixture of the event) nor BPM (the gay-rights movie that left Almodóvar bawling). Instead, the prize went to Ruben Östlund’s The Square, a film that follows an art museum curator’s (named Christian, played by Claes Bang) hapless attempts to both recover his stolen wallet and oversee marketing efforts for the titular special exhibition.

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