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Cannes: we dig it (mostly)

Posted at 5:00 pm, May 25, 2012 in Arts & Entertainment, Hotels & Travel
Robert Pattinson in Cosmopolis

We’re almost at the end of this year’s Cannes Film Festival, and it’s been a fascinating, sometimes impressive, often simply bizarre year. The big event of the day has been David Cronenberg’s ‘Cosmopolis’ (above), in which arrogant businessman Robert Pattinson meets a wealth of oddball characters during a cab ride across New York. It’s a film about alienation and the search for meaning in an increasingly fractured world, but our Film Editor Dave Calhoun reckons it doesn’t quite get to the meat of the matter. There’s a similar problem with ‘On the Road’, Walter Salles’s long-gestating adaptation of Jack Kerouac’s iconic novel, in which Kristen Stewart, Sam Riley and other zeitgeisty young cheekbone-owners trawl the backwaters of the US looking for, y’know, meaning and stuff. But the real barrel-scraper is ‘The Paperboy’, in which Lee ‘Precious’ Daniels comes a serious cropper with a sweaty Southern tale of sex, race and murder in late ’60s Florida, and drags big-name stars like Nicole Kidman, Zac Efron and John Cusack down with him. But in case you’re thinking that this year’s Cannes crop are all duffers, there are plenty of positive reviews to be found on our festival home page, including Brad Pitt getting down and dirty in crime thriller ‘Killing Them Softly’, French enfant-terrible Leos Carax casting Kylie Minogue in his wacked-out ‘Holy Motors’, and another triumph for festival favourite Michael Haneke with his five-star masterpiece ‘Amour’.

Read all these reviews – and many, many more – at timeout.com/cannes.

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