Cannes Film Festival 2021 highlights: Sun, stars and saliva

By Helen Bushby
Entertainment and arts reporter

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picture captionThe French Dispatch director Wes Anderson (second left) with Timothee Chalamet, Tilda Swinton and Bill Murray – which one are you?

The Cannes Film Festival is drawing to an in depth, and regardless of the pandemic it managed to assemble a bigger quantity movie stars within the sunshine for the compulsory picture alternatives.

This distinctive line-up of director Wes Anderson and actors Timothee Chalamet, Tilda Swinton and Bill Murray for his or her movie The French Dispatch proved irresistible as a meme.

Jessica Shortall described the line-up as “Tiktok-LinkedIn-Instagram-Twitter”, whereas Philip Bump dubbed them “Z, X, Millennial, Boomer”.

Sara Wallace Goodman spoke for many people when she described the stars’ fashions as: “Zoom presentation attire, remembering how I dressed before Zoom, imagining how I’ll dress after Zoom, how I’ll actually dress after Zoom.”

That image turned one of many viral moments from the distinguished pageant, however there have been loads of different speaking factors.

‘We’re specialists in saliva’

The Covid security procedures included saliva assessments for these exterior the EU’s Covid monitoring system.

In different phrases, attendees needed to dispense with any delusions of glamour and spit right into a pot.

The Wrap’s Ben Croll wrote that reserving a take a look at was “painless enough”, however “the process of generating enough saliva, however, requires a bit more finesse” – describing being handed a vial to fill, which was checked for high quality and amount.

The Guardian’s Xan Brooks mentioned a medic sternly advised him: “Only the liquid is good. The froth doesn’t count.”

Vulture’s Nate Jones added that the French occasion had “become an odyssey of spit”, whereas Variety’s Ramin Setoodeh described “audible sighs of frustration among those waiting in line when they realised just how much saliva the lab needed from them”.

What in regards to the movies?

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picture captionCamille Cottin and Matt Damon star in Stillwater

Hollywood actor Matt Damon and Call My Agent’s Camille Cottin added some star wattage for Stillwater, which obtained a five-minute standing ovation.

Variety’s govt editor Ramin Setoodeh mentioned Damon was delivered to tears by the applause. He performs an American oil rig roughneck who travels to Marseille to go to his estranged daughter, who’s in jail for a homicide she says she didn’t commit.

IndieWire’s Anne Thompson mentioned Todd McCarthy’s movie obtained “solid” early critiques and that the director “effectively draws the audience into this shut-down man’s dawning awareness of an emotional life beyond the confines of Oklahoma oilfields”.

Empire’s Ian Freer mentioned the movie “mashes up quest-for-justice, father-daughter dramatics, fortysomething romance and mid-life introspection for a refreshingly adult drama”.

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picture captionVal Kilmer’s documentary options 40 years of residence recordings

The Spectator’s Stephen Arnell mentioned this yr’s pageant was “a bumper event with a wealth of backlogged movies on offer for film-starved cineastes”, with Val – a documentary chronicling the highs, lows and most cancers battle of US actor Kilmer – as his high choose.

He additionally highlighted the musical Annette, which opened the pageant, however advised it will be “something of a Marmite experience for cinema-goers”.

It stars Adam Driver as edgy comic Henry, married to famend soprano Ann (Marion Cotillard), with a new child daughter Annette who is definitely a puppet with unusual skills.

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picture captionAnnette’s Angele, Simon Helberg, Marion Cotillard, Leos Carax, Adam Driver, Russell Mael and Ron Mael on the crimson carpet

Variety’s Richard Lawson known as the movie “daring and garish”, however Screen Daily’s Jonathan Romney mentioned it was “an audacious folly that comes across as grandiose and joyless”.

Tatler’s Danielle Lawler additionally recommended Annette together with The French Dispatch, which she known as an “ensemble of epic proportions” with a solid that additionally consists of Willem Dafoe, Frances McDormand and Saoirse Ronan.

She known as the movie, which relies on a set of brief tales initially revealed in The French Dispatch journal, “a dreamy blockbuster for these times”.

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picture captionFather and daughter Sean and Dylan Penn play father and daughter in Flag Day

Flag Day, directed by Sean Penn and starring the actor alongside his daughter Dylan and son Hopper, was additionally highlighted. It relies on a younger lady’s relationship along with her father, who she discovers led a double life as a conman.

The Hollywood Reporter’s David Rooney mentioned it “succumbs to Penn’s worst indulgences, loading up on big actor-ish explosions of volatility rather than trying to get to the lost soul of a desperate man and the yearning of a daughter”.

But Deadline’s Pete Hammond added that it will be “remembered as a dazzling showcase for the acting talents of his daughter”.

Sharon Stone steals the present

Regardless of what’s taking place on display, there’ll all the time be extra curiosity in what’s taking place on the crimson carpet.

Actress Sharon Stone wore a Dolce & Gabbana gown bedecked in flowers for the screening of The Story of My Wife, a few sea captain who makes a wager in a restaurant with a pal that he’ll marry the primary lady who walks in.

Stone’s co-star Lea Seydoux was unable to attend as a result of she contracted Covid, so Stone, a veteran of the Cannes crimson carpet, having attended for Basic Instinct in 1992, made the a lot of the limelight. She was variously described as beautiful, dazzling and stealing the present in probably the most stunning gown at Cannes.

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