cranky home
Reviews since 1993:   A-E     F-N      O-Z    Posters       Who We Are and Why We Do What We Do         Search the Site

Your Donations support the Site

amazon.gif
Top Selling DVD     Books

BLU-RAY DVDs:
50 Shades of Grey
Exodus Gods and Kings
Grand Budapest Hotel
Imitation Game, The
Into the Woods

Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit
Robocop
Selma
Theory of Everything
Ride Along
We're the Millers
The Great Gatsby
Akira
Avatar
The Avengers
Amazing Spider-Man
Girl w/ Dragon Tattoo
Dark Knight Trilogy
World War Z
Happy Feet 2
Iton Man 3 combo
Batman Begins
Dark Knight
Fifth Element
The Hangover
Hunger Games
James Bond 11 disc coll.
Lord of the Rings trilogy
Mission Impossible GP
Sherlock Holmes AGOS
Singing in the Rain
Snow White Huntsman
Star Trek Into Darkness combo
Star Wars Saga
21 Jump Street
Ultimate Matrix coll
X-Men First Class
X-Men Trilogy
X-Men Wolverine

 BLU-Ray for Family DVDs 
Alice in Wonderland (2010)
Bambi
A Bug's Life
Cars
Chronicles of Narnia set
Coraline
Ghostbusters
Harry Potter 1-8 collection
Iron Man 2 combo
Kung Fu Panda
Lord of the Rings Trilogy Pinocchio
Pirates of Caribbean trilogy
Pixar short films
Ratatouille
Rio
Shrek the Whole Story
Sleeping Beauty
The Smurfs
combo
Snow White & 7 Dwarfs
Star Trek motion pictures set
Star Trek TNG Season One
Star Wars Saga (1-6)
Toy Story combo
Toy Story 2 combo
Toy Story 3 combo
Wall-E SE

OFCS

Search engine by FreeFind
Click to add search to YOUR web site!
click to search site

 DISNEY PIXAR DVDs
Alice in Wonderland
Bambi
Beauty and the Beast
Bolt
Cinderella
Coraline
E.T.
Kung Fu Panda
The Lion King
Mary Poppins 45th LE
Pinocchio
Princess Mononoke
Ratatouille
Rio 
Shrek the Whole Story
Simpsons Movie
Spider-Man Trilogy
Spirited Away
Star Trek movies set
Star Trek TOS (TV)
ST:TNG complete tv set
Star Wars Trilogy (1-3)
Star Wars Trilogy (4-6)
Toy Story DVD combo
Toy Story 2 DVD combo
Toy Story 3 DVD combo
Wallace and Gromit
Wall-E SE

Buy Movie collectibles
TV/Movie Collectibles

movie review query engine

NY film critics online

Privacy Policy


Click for full sized poster

Festival in Cannes

Starring Anouk Aimee, Greta Scacchi, Maximillian Schell and Ron Silver; Zack Norman and introducing Jenny Gabrielle
Written and Directed by Henry Jaglom
website: www.paramountclassics.com

IN SHORT: Not our style. [Rated PG-13 due to brief strong language. 99 minutes]

Festival in Cannes is the second of writer/director Henry Jaglom's thirteen films we've sat through (Venice Venice was first). Jaglom has a gift for coming up with stories and excels at creating believable relationships. He would do well to concentrate on his strengths. His style seems to be: shoot lots of footage in exotic locations and then drop a half formed story into the setting, allowing the cast to improvise as much as possible. This method is more fitting for a grad student than a fully formed pro. Jaglom is further hampered this time out by setting his film at the seaside French location famous for its film festival. Being near the sea means that waves are constantly crashing in the soundtrack background. Because of this dialog from different takes is cut together to make clear sounding sentences. In this case the word by word edits are pieced together so horribly that watching Festival in Cannes was as painful as some of the intrinsically awful flicks that see first dark at these festivals. We used to work as a sound man. We know of what we hear and we heard a lousy bit of work that completely blocked out ability to comment fully on the story, which is a simple one of mismatched couples finding love against the background of the Festival in Cannes.

The Cannes Film Festival is the most famous of all the festivals. Distributors come looking for finished product to buy. Producers come looking for scripts that are ready for production. Writers come looking to sell their scripts and actors come because that's what they do. The new films are screened. Those lucky enough to have a ticket to the right screening get to see tomorrow's superstar long before those of us in Anytown, USA do. This film is about all those types and how what passes for work degenerates into romantic love.

At the center of this film are Millie Marguand (Anouk Aimée), actress and ex-wife of the aging and famed producer Viktor Kovner (Maximillian Schell), and famed actress Alice Palmer (Greta Scacchi), now writing an otherwise uncommercial script that Palmer hopes will be her first project as a director. Sticking his nose into her business is Kaz Naiman (Zack Norman) an enthusiastic, pushy first time producer who raises $3 millions with a single phone call and makes the connection to the star of Palmer's dreams, the aforementioned Ms. Marguand. The problem is, Kaz needs to make his film by the end of the year (for tax reasons) and Millie's potential commitment to this indieflick causes major headaches for long time and incredibly successful producer/director Rick Yorkin (Ron Silver). Yorkin wants Millie for a bit part in his next film, which stars Tom Hanks and a prominent but disposable French actress.

There's another story about the "next big thing," an actress named Blue (Jenny Gabrielle) with no personality or star quality whatsoever. Blue wanders around Cannes, in the opening scenes, in a daze -- she hasn't grasped that it is her face on the billboards -- and that daze doesn't fade much as she falls into Yorkin's circle of influence and for Yorkin's ambitious assistant, Barry (Alex Craig Mann).

All the major characters have the ever-important secret to hide. What is remarkable about Jaglom's writing is that the story doesn't fall back on the well worn idea of "what happens when the secret comes to light?". None of the secrets in Festival in Cannes squirm to light and all of the relationships evolve in a perfectly normal manner. That is something that is unique in most films coming from independent sources and something we enjoy seeing. We're putting the rating at a level that reflects that, because our training in Sound puts us in a unique group that would writhe in pain while watching this film. Making a list of problems would mean nothing to you; that there are huge hunks of travel-loge type footage that interfere with the story -- they're supposed to add color and give you a sense of Cannes, but they don't -- is where the deductions come into play.

On average, a first run movie ticket will run you Nine Bucks. Were Cranky able to set his own price to Festival in Cannes, he would have paid . . .

$4.00

Pay-per-view level because this is one movie that requires a teevee screen, so you can get up and walk away (or hit the fast forward button) when it shifts into travel-logue mode.

amazon com link Click to buy films by Henry Jaglom
Click to buy films starring Greta Scacchi
Click to buy films starring Ron Silver
Click Here!

The Cranky Critic website is Copyright © 1995  -  2017  by Chuck Schwartz. Articles by Paul Fischer are Copyright © 1999 - 2006 Paul Fischer. All images, unless otherwise noted, are property of,©, ®, their respective studios and are used by permission. All Rights Reserved. Not to be used or copied for any commercial purpose. Academy Award(s) and Oscar®(s) are registered trademarks and service marks of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.