Saturday, May 16, 2015

IMAGES. Cannes: in the footsteps of Nanni Moretti and Gus Van … – Le Parisien

May 16, 2015, 9:50 p.m. | Updated: May 17, 2015, 0:21

Again in the race for the Palme d’Or – reward he had obtained in 2001 for the heartbreaking “The son’s room” – said Moretti this time the crisis in Margherita (Margherita Buy), a director confronted her mother to the disease .

Blending fantasy and reality, as often with Moretti, the film evokes pangs of professional director, forced to deal with the ego of the American star of his film starring John Turturro. Irresistible in the role of actor and unmanageable pathological liar, Turturro said he was “very touched by this wonderful scenario.”

“The Forest of Dreams” trounced

The second film in the running for the Palme d’Or at Cannes presented Saturday was not welcomed with the same enthusiasm. “The Forest of Dreams”, the latest film by American director Gus Van Sant with Matthew McConaughey and Naomi Watts, was thrashed by the press.

 The film director of “Elephant”, Palme d’Or at Cannes in 2003, highly anticipated, recounts the meeting of two party men commit suicide in the forest Aokigahara at the foot of Mount Fuji in Japan.

Story of survival and reconstruction, it revolves around the journey of these two men in the forest, a place bathed in spirituality, and their exchanges, which will perhaps allow them to come to terms with themselves.

Hue at the end of press screenings, the film was panned by critics. It is “probably the worst film by Gus Van Sant” for the French film magazine Premiere, which qualifies it as “awful pure sugar mash”, “endless”. For the British newspaper “The Guardian”, “The Forest of Dreams” is an “incredibly painful melodrama” in which Gus Van Sant “falls into sentimentality” and “an achievement of both commercial and syrupy.”

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