Construct a picture of the United States from its media and you could be forgiven for concluding that there was scarcely a Middle Eastern person in(...)

Blood dimple: Sheila Vand in A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night

There is oddness in abundance in this sui generis meditation on dangerous hip from assorted unfamiliar planets. As it has toured the world, Ana Lil(...)

Inner torment: Shu Qi in The Assassin

One among the many beautiful shots in Hou Hsiao-hsien’s glacial wuxia – certainly the best-looking film in the Cannes competition - finds two chara(...)

You can’t talk about Orson Welles without using superlatives. This Welles film was the greatest this or that. This other Welles film was the most i(...)

Supernatural blandness: Jeremie Elkaim and Anais Demoustier in Marguerite & Julien

Ever wondered what a French incest romp would look like if directed by somebody who had once heard somebody describe a Wes Anderson film, but had n(...)

It is probably appropriate (indeed, deliberate) that Denis Villeneuve’s gripping thriller concerning the war on drugs should end in murky confusions. (...)

‘Every bit as sleepily seductive as Weerasethakul’s best work’

When it was announced that Cemetery of Splendour, the latest film from Palme d’Or winner Apichatpong Weerasethakul, was to play in Cannes as part of t(...)

‘Amy Poehler voices a fairy-like Joy. Phyllis Smith speaks hilariously for Sadness, an emo kid in a comfy blue jumper. Lewis Black’s Anger has a head that is too often on fire’ 2:34

The latest animation from Pixar Studios – directed by Pete Docter of Up – debuts at the Cannes Film Festival to heated (though nervous) expectation. A(...)

‘Brize and his co-writer Olivier Gorce present a picture of a stable family coping patiently with mounting catastrophe’

Stephane Brize, director of the wonderful drama Mademoiselle Chambon, dips into contemporary social realism with this quietly effective considerati(...)

Muffled: Gabriel Byrne and Amy Ryan in Louder Than Bombs

Joachim Trier, Norwegian director of the piercing Oslo, August 31st, has made a film about somebody who is no longer here. This achingly tastef(...)