Cannes 2017: The Square (2017)

The Square represents stability and order; a space in which “everyone has equal rights and responsibilities.” Inevitably though, the area that surrounds The Square is a swirling pool of chaos that cannot be controlled. It is within this…

Cannes 2017: Ava (2017)

Like it was for Julia Ducournau in 2016, the Cannes Critic’s Week sidebar has this year proven to be the perfect platform for another French female director making her debut. Away from the prestige and weighty expectation of the Official…

Cannes 2017: Wonderstruck (2017)

Forget being wonderstruck, the new film from Todd Haynes is more likely to grip you with a gnawing sense of indifference. Undoubtedly, it’s a film with its heart in the right place – a dovetailing story of two deaf children living 50 years…

Cannes 2017: Okja (2017)

While the majority of critics cruising the Croisette continue to debate the pros and cons of the Netflix distribution model, here I am mourning the fact that a lack of theatrical release will likely mean I won’t be able to treat myself to a…

Cannes 2017: Sea Sorrow (2017)

Vanessa Redgrave’s decision to make her directorial debut at 80 years of age wasn’t born out of creative curiosity, but a moral duty. Over 50+ years, she has built a formidable reputation as a human rights activist, reaching out to…

Cannes 2017: Loveless (2017)

Russians – their motherland is so cold, and so are the people… Loveless, director Andrey Zvyagintsev’s frosty procedural drama, is a film so conceptually forceful, it has the clout to leave a mark on your psyche that’s as clear as a…