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Cannes Film Festival 2024: Read All Of Deadline's Movie Reviews, Including Palme d'Or Winner 'Anora'

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Read all of Deadline's Cannes Film Festival reviews below, including Palme d'Or winner Anora.

The New York-set romantic dramedy charts the story of a stripper from Brooklyn who transforms into a modern Cinderella when she meets the son of a Russian oligarch.

The film, playing in the official Competition three years after Baker's success in Cannes with the Simon Rex-starring Red Rocket, scored a 10-minute ovation earlier this week. It was one of a number of critically praised films this edition. Check out all our reviews below.

All We Imagine as Light

'All We Imagine as Light' Petite Chaos

Section: Competition

Director: Payal Kapadia

Cast: Kani Kusruti, Divya Prabha, Chhaya KAdam, Hridhu Haroon

Deadline's takeaway: And at a time when so much attention is being paid to the lives of the haves and the have-nots amid such financial imbalance worldwide, it's refreshing to see the spotlight on ordinary women caught somewhere in the middle, living just enough for the city.

'Anora' Cannes Film Festival

Section: Competition

Director: Sean Baker

Cast: Mikey Madison, Mark Eydelshteyn, Yuriy Borisov, Karren Karagulian, Vache Tovmasyan

Deadline's takeaway: Sean Baker is no stranger to comedy, and Anora is his broadest to date. The nudity doubtless will be controversial, but it will be especially interesting to see what audiences make of the film's heartbreaking ending — a subtle rebuttal to the allegations of exploitation that surely will ensue.

The Apprentice

'The Apprentice'

Section: Competition

Director: Ali Abbasi

Cast: Sebastian Stan, Jeremy Strong, Maria Bakalova, Martin Donovan, Charlie Carrick, Mark Rendall

Deadline's takeaway: Donald Trump has never seemed so, well, human, as his own early years show a man trying desperately for his father's approval while at the same time trying to come out from under his shadow. Will it sell, and will it be released before November's election? We shall see, but this is not a hit job on Trump.

Armand

'Armand' Eye Eye Pictures

Section: Un Certain Regard

Director: Halfdan Ullmann Tøndel

Cast: Renate Reinsve, Ellen Dorrit Petersen, Thea Lambrechts Vaulen, Endre Hellesveit, Øystein Røger, Vera Veljovic

Deadline's takeaway: Halfdan Ullmann Tøndel's lineage should give you a fair idea of what's in store here, but, surprisingly, Armand doesn't dig especially deep into the human psyche, finally falling into a strange no man's land between intense character drama and jet-black comedy.

The Balconette (Les Femmes au Balcon)

'The Balconette' Nord-Ouest Films

Section: Midnight Screenings

Director: Noémie Merlant

Cast: Noémie Merlant, Sanda Codreanu, Souhelia Yacoub

Deadline's takeaway: The bulky shade of Pedro Almodóvar looms over all these shenanigans, which could be read as "Women on the Verge of Heat Exhaustion" if there were more sense of it actually being hot, one of several flavors missing from Merlant's confection of genres.

Being Maria

'Being Maria' StudioCanal

Section: Cannes Premieres

Director: Jessica Palud

Cast: Anamaria Vartolomei, Matt Dillon, Giuseppe Maggio, Céleste Brunnquell, Yvan Attal, Maddie Cyllain

Deadline's takeaway: The familiar kind of biopic moments put all this squarely in the Lifetime TV Movie of the Week formula, but fortunately, it is all lifted tremendously by its talented and intriguing star, Anamaria Vartolomei, who is utterly convincing in the role of Maria without turning it into an impression. 

Bird

'Bird' Cornerstone

Section: Competition

Director: Andrea Arnold

Cast: Nykiya Adams, Barry Keoghan, Jason Buda, Jasmin Jobson, James Nelson Noyce, Frankie Box, Franz Rogowski,

Deadline's takeaway: Andrea Arnold knows just how to get under our skin. She embellishes the film with fantastical elements, but whether they're really happening or part of Bailey's childlike desperation to believe in anything magical, the film doesn't make clear. But Arnold certainly wants us to know one thing: Bailey will be OK.

Caught by the Tides

'Caught By the Tides' Cannes

Section: Competition

Director: Jia Zhangke

Cast: Zhao Tao, Zhubin Li

Deadline's takeaway: Jia Zhangke leads his partner and muse, Zhao Tao, on a decades-long romantic odyssey in Caught By the Tides, which tries too hard to play with time and form for the connection between its leads to be its central preoccupation.

Christmas Eve in Miller's Point

'Christmas Eve in Miller's Point' Omnes Filmes

Section: Directors' Fortnight

Director: Tyler Taormina

Cast: Matilda Fleming, Michael Cera, Chris Lazzaro, Elsie Fisher, Gregg Turkington

Deadline's takeaway: It's hard to categorize Taormina's film, and, for some, its freewheeling, indie American Graffiti vibe might take a little getting used to. But Christmas Eve in Miller's Point is a trip for anyone willing to roll with it, and more than cements Taormina as a talent to watch.

The Count of Monte-Cristo

'The Count of Monte-Cristo' Rémy Grandroques

Section: Out of Competition

Directors: Matthieu Delaporte, Alexandre de la Patelliere

Cast: Pierre Niney, Bastien Bouillon, Patrick Mille, Vasilli Schneider, Pierfrancesco Favino, Anaïs DeMoustier, Laurent Lafitte, Anamaria Vartolomei, Julien de Saint-Jean

Deadline's takeaway: The production looks stunning. Matthieu Delaporte and Alexandre de la Patellliere have made something fresh and exciting from one of the oldest stories around, the kind of movie quite frankly Hollywood should be making and a film that is one of the best I saw in Cannes this year.

Elizabeth Taylor: The Lost Tapes

'Elizabeth Taylor: The Lost Tapes' Frank Worth via Cannes Film Festival

Section: Cannes Classics

Director: Nanette Burstein

With: Elizabeth Taylor

Deadline's takeaway: The tapes recorded in 1964 weren't actually lost, but it all makes for a satisfying journey through one of Hollywood's most memorable careers. There is the feeling of intimacy that makes this one special, if not exactly full of new revelations.

Emilia Pérez

'Emilia Perez' France 2 Cinéma

Section: Competition

Director: Jacques Audiard

Cast: Adriana Paz, Edgar Ramirez, Mark Ivanir, Zoe Saldaña, Karla Sofía Gascón, Selena Gomez

Deadline's takeaway: None of this ever seems ridiculous, because Audiard leans into the musical genre's conventions; rather than bending his provocative story to fit it, he bends the form itself. It may be too soon to call the Palme d'Or with a week of the Cannes Film Festival left to run, but Emilia Pérez looks very much like a winner.

Ernest Cole, Lost and Found

'Ernest Cole: Lost and Found' Velvet Film

Section: Special Screening

Director: Raoul Peck

Narrator: Lakeith Stanfield

Deadline's takeaway: The documentary stands is a necessary tribute that ensures the South African photographer's life, work and contributions will be remembered for generations. It is a reminder of the spirit required to confront and document injustice and the personal cost that often accompanies such commitment. 

Faye

Warner Bros Discovery

Section: Cannes Classics

Director: Laurent Bouzereau

With: Faye Dunaway

Deadline's takeaway: You will find yourself with renewed respect for this great star after watching this documentary on her life. Time for a Faye Dunaway retrospective, and this fine film is perfect reason to do it.

Furiosa: A Mad Max Saga

'Furiosa' Warner Bros.

Section: Out of Competition

Director: George Miller

Cast: Anya Taylor-Joy, Chris Hemsworth, Tom Burke, Alyla Browne, Lachy Hulme, Matuse, Goran Kleut, Charlee Fraser

Deadline's takeaway: With Furiosa, George Miller, now seemingly ageless at 79 (he was 34 when the first Mad Max came out), has perhaps given birth to the greatest Max yet, a wheels-up, rock-and-rolling epic that delivers on the origin story.

Ghost Cat Anzu

Gkids

Section: Directors' Fortnight

Directors: Yôko Kuno, Nobuhiro Yamashita

Voice cast: Munetaka Aoki, Noa Goto, Mirai Moriyama

Deadline's takeaway: Ghost Cat Anzu would have made an excellent 30-minute short. As a feature-length film, it struggles with pacing and coherence, leaving too many questions unanswered and failing to introduce stakes until it's almost too late. But the film is entertaining when it finally gets going.

Ghost Trail

'Ghost Trail' M2K films

Section: Critics' Week

Director: Jonathan Millet

Cast: Adam Bessa, Tawfeek Barhom, Julia Franz Richter, Shafiqa El Till

Deadline's takeaway: On the surface, Ghost Trail uses the traditional tropes of the spy movie, but it isn't exactly thrilling, certainly not in the manner of a John le Carré novel. Closer in spirit to Spielberg's Munich, it's a quietly profound character study about the need for a closure that may never come.

The Girl with the Needle

'The Girl with the Needle' The Match Factory

Section: Competition

Director: Magnus von Horn

Cast: Vic Carmen Sonne, Trine Dyrholm

Deadline's takeaway: It is because this story's truths are so stark that this high-wire work succeeds. Magnus von Horn is a masterful talent, and there is plenty of prize potential within his film. It's an unequivocal and beguiling triumph. 

Grand Tour

Uma Pedra No Sapato

Section: Competition

Director: Miguel Gomes

Cast: Crista Alfaiate, Gonçalo Waddington, Cláudio Da Silva, Tran Lang-Khê

Deadline's takeaway: The push-pull dynamic of the man terrified of commitment and a woman in pursuit is mildly entertaining. Fans of Gomes' deadpan style no doubt will respond to its eccentricity, its wry irony and its undoubtedly striking monochrome cinematography. Less enlightened viewers may wish to take a pillow.

Horizon: An American Saga - Chapter 1

'Horizon: An American Saga' Warner Bros.

Section: Out of Competition

Director: Kevin Costner

Cast: Kevin Costner, Sienna Miller, Sam Worthington, Jena Malone, Danny Huston, Luke Wilson, Michael Rooker, Will Patton, Owen Crow Shoe, Tatanka Means, Wase Winyan Chief, Jamie Campbell Bower, Isabelle Fuhrman, Jon Beavers

Deadline's takeaway: Horizon: An American Saga is an impressive beginning for Costner, who is just trying to keep the American Western alive. But he may, with this innovative roll of the dice, also be trying to keep theaters alive at the same time, that is if there is still an appetite for Westerns. Hopefully there is.

Jim Henson Idea Man

'Jim Henson Idea Man' Disney.

Section: Classics

Director: Ron Howard

Deadline's takeaway: Howard's documentary brings fresh energy to the subject through the skillful use of animations based on Henson's impressive drawings and wonderful archival rarities that go beyond what has been seen in previous treatments of Henson's life.

Kinds of Kindness

Section: Competition

Director: Yorgos Lanthimos

Cast: Emma Stone, Jesse Plemons, Willem Dafoe, Margaret Qualley, Hong Chau

Deadline's takeaway: Kinds of Kindness is about a ubiquitous interdependence between ruthless power and willing submission that crops up everywhere, which implies that we are all in its thrall. That makes it their gloomiest film yet. Of course, it is also very funny.

The Kingdom

'The Kingdom' Metrograph Pictures

Section: Un Certain Regard

Director: Julien Colonna

Cast: Ghjuvanna Benedetti, Saveriu Santucci, Anthony Morganti, Andrea Cossu, Régis Gomez

Deadline's takeaway: There are a great many films about the mafia. Many of them are concerned with family, but few have this depth of feeling. Despite its pace, The Kingdom doesn't feel like the thriller it resembles. It feels like epic drama. It isn't glamorous, but it does look glorious.

Limonov: The Ballad

'Limonov: The Ballad' Orion Pictures/Everett Collection

Section: Competition

Director: Kirill Serebrennikov

Cast: Ben Whishaw, Viktoria Miroshnichenko

Deadline's takeaway: A boundary-blasting biopic that simply drips with punk-rock energy, revealing everything and nothing about a slippery character whose modus operandi was reinvention from the get-go and for whom consistency really was the hobgoblin of small minds.

Lula

'Lula' Ixtlan

Section: Special Screenings

Directors: Oliver Stone, Rob Wilson

Deadline's takeaway: Stone has combed through the existing record very effectively to tell a good story, one that may provoke questions among Americans complacent about the work of their security services, including during the Obama years. And in a democracy, as shown in this film dealing with a country where democracy has often been on shaky ground, raising those questions cannot be a bad thing.

Marcello Mio

'Marcello Mio' Mk2 Films

Section: Competition

Director: Christophe Honoré

Cast: Chiara Mastroianni, Catherine Deneuve, Fabrice Luchini, Nicole Garcia, Benjamin Biolay, Melvin Poupaud, Hugh Skinner, Stefania Sandrelli

Deadline's takeaway: Christophe Honoré seems to enjoy patching together magical realism and real lives in creating this BonBon of a film. Wonderfully funny and completely original, it manages to keep the tone in place but juggles a dramatic moment as well.

Megalopolis

'Megalopolis' American Zoetrope / Megalopolis / Mihai Malaimare

Section: Competition

Director: Francis Ford Coppola

Cast: Adam Driver, Nathalie Emmanuel, Aubrey Plaza, Jon Voight, Shia LaBeouf

Deadline's takeaway: Watching Anthony Mann's The Fall of the Roman Empire and eating cheese afterwards would be the only way to replicate Megalopolis' fever-dream grandeur, a series of stunning images, carried along by the loosest of plots, that pontificate on the self-destructive nature of humankind, the only species capable of civilizing itself to death.

Mongrel

'Mongrel' E&W Films

Section: Directors' Fortnight

Director: Chiang Wei Liang

Cast: Wanlop Rungkumjad, Daniel Hong Yu-hong, Lu Yi-ching, Kuo Shu-wei

Deadline's takeaway: Director Chiang has won prizes for his documentary and VR work, but this is his first feature. It is bleak beyond belief, set in a milieu constructed of verifiable fact but so dreadful that it feels like a sci-fi dystopia. It is also an absolutely brilliant piece of filmmaking.

The Most Precious of Cargoes

'The Most Precious of Cargoes' Ex Nihil

Section: Competition

Director: Michel Hazanavicius

Voice cast: Dominique Blanc, Grégory Gadebois, Denis Podalydès, Jean-Louis Trintignant

Deadline's takeaway: At a brisk 81 minutes, it's all over very quickly, and it's to Michel Hazanavicius's credit that he doesn't equate length with importance. The power of his film derives very much from its clarity and simplicity. The film is a friendly reminder that life is not fiction.

Motel Destino

'Motel Destino' Tandem

Section: Competition

Director: Karim Aïnouz

Cast: Iago Xavier, Nataly Rocha, Fabio Assunção, Renan Capivara, Fabíola Líper, Isabela Catão, Yuri Yamamoto, Davi Santos, Jupyra Carvalho, Bertrand de Courville, Katiana Monteiro, Vanessa Cardoso, Jan Moreira, Edglê Lima Moreira

Deadline's takeaway: Despite its gripping start and lush cinematography, the film ultimately loses its way, bogged down by a sluggish middle act and narrative inconsistencies. By the time the story reaches its conclusion, the audience is left with a sense of anticlimax, questioning the purpose of the prolonged buildup. 

My Sunshine

'My Sunshine' Charades

Section: Un Certain Regard

Director: Hiroshi Okuyama

Cast: Sosuke Ikematsu, Keitatsu Koshiyama, Kiara Nakanishi

Deadline's takeaway: Okuyama does not attempt to hit us over the head or engage in the tropes of this kind of story revolving around the growing pains of youth. There is no melodrama here. Instead he moves his camera (he is also cinematographer) as gracefully as his young dancers, shot in such a way, quietly joyous at times, that it resembles a mood piece. 

Nasty

'Nasty' Libra Films

Section: Special Screenings

Directors: Tudor Giurgiu, Cristian Pascariu, Tudor D. Popescu

With: Ilie Năstase, Ion Țiriac, Jimmy Connors, Stan Smith, Björn Borg, John McEnroe, Billie Jean King, Rafael Nadal, Boris Becker, Yannick Noah

Deadline's takeaway: Game, set and match for Tudor Giurgiu, Cristian Pascariu and Tudor D. Popescu, who co-direct Nasty, a pleasingly hagiographic portrait of Romanian tennis icon Ilie Năstase. Nasty is an infinitely watchable pop doc, but it might have dug a little deeper here and there.

Oh, Canada

'Oh, Canada' Oh, Canada LLC

Section: Competition

Director: Paul Schrader

Cast: Richard Gere, Uma Thurman, Jacob Elordi, Michael Imperioli, Zach Shaffer, Kristine Froseth, Jake Weary

Deadline takeaway: Oh, Canada is made up of pieces of a life put under a cinematic microscope at different periods, all moving in and out of the mind of a man who is dying but still lucid enough to tell the truths of his life as time is running out, some revealed for the first time as he grapples with both morality and mortality.

On Becoming a Guinea Fowl

'On Becoming a Guinea Fowl' A24

Section: Un Certain Regard

Director: Rungano Nyoni

Cast: Susan Chardy, Henry B.J. Phiri, Elizabeth Chisela

Deadline's takeaway: In Nyoni's sophomore film, the focus is the rub between tradition and modernity, using the occasion of a family funeral as the jumping-off point for a slow-burn drama that builds, rather stealthily, to an unexpectedly emotional climax.

Parthenope

'Parthenope' Photo by Gianni Fiorito

Section: Competition

Director: Paolo Sorrentino

Cast: Celeste Dalla Porta, Gary Oldman, Stefania Sandrelli, Luisa Ranieri, Silvio Orlando, Peppe Lanzetta, Isabella Ferrari, Daniele Rienzo, Dario Aita

Deadline's takeaway: Overall it is the memories of youth in Naples and Capri that drive this narrative, the moments to cherish in our lives, and that is no different for Sorrentino as he creates the missing youth he never had. Fortunately he gets to live it in the movies.

Rendez-vous avec Pol Pot

Playtime

Section: Premiere

Director: Rithy Panh

Cast: Irène Jacob, Grégoire Colin, Cyril Gueï

Deadline's takeaway: The journalists in Rithy Panh's film aren't superheroes; their quest for that truth has its own motivations. Yet the importance of their journey to find it cannot be understated. The film might not walk totally fresh ground for Panh, but there is real power in one filmmaker's dedication to re-examining real world horror from many angles over many years.

Rumours

'Rumours' Bleecker Street

Section: Competition

Directors: Guy Maddin, Evan Johnson, Galen Johnson

Cast: Cate Blanchett, Roy Dupuis, Nikki Amuka-Bird, Charles Dance, Takehiro Hira, Denis Ménochet, Rolando Ravello, Zlatko Buric, Alicia Vikander

Deadline's takeaway: Anyone with a fascination for political process and the idiocies of bureaucracy will find one joke after another hitting the bullseye in Rumours, a more explicitly satirical work that we have come to expect from Canadian director Guy Maddin. For anyone else, it is mild fun at best.

The Second Act

'The Second Act' Cannes Film Festival

Section: Out of Competition

Director: Quentin Dupieux

Cast: Léa Seydoux, Louis Garrel, Vincent Lindon, Raphaël Quenard

Deadline's takeaway: Maybe Quentin Dupieux should have paid more attention when he was writing; maybe he should have spent longer in the editing suite. But if the results are always a bit ragged, does it matter? Dupieux might never make a masterpiece, but his slapdash, wild entertainments are irresistible.

The Seed of the Sacred Fig

'The Seed of the Sacred Fig' Run Way Films

Section: Competition

Director: Mohammad Rasoulof

Cast: Missagh Zare, Soheila Golestani, Mahsa Rostami, Setareh Maleki

Deadline's takeaway: Mohammad Rasoulof's long, heartfelt story of an Iranian family that starts to tear at the seams is an enjoyable rollercoaster, even in its most OTT sequences. The tension infuses the storytelling with power and a particular, palpable energy, reflected in a suite of exceptional performances.

September Says

'September Says' The Match Factory

Section: Un Certain Regard

Director: Ariane Labed

Cast: Mia Tharia, Pascale Kann, Rakhee Thakrar

Deadline's takeaway: Carrie is a guiding spirit here in the first film to be directed by Greek Weird Wave actor Ariane Labed. There are flashes of truly original accomplishment, but the tussle between oddball teenage sisters July and September doesn't amount to more than a summer fling.

The Shrouds

'The Shrouds' Gravetech Productions/Sbc productions

Section: Competition

Director: David Cronenberg

Cast: Vincent Cassel, Diane Kruger, Guy Pearce, Sandrine Holt

Deadline's takeaway: By the last half-hour, various plot threads are whipping around dangerously like loose electric cables in a storm. Whatever else you may expect of David Cronenberg, the doyen of body horror, as a distinctive auteur - wry humor, a measured pace, exultant wallowing in foul goo  - you're not expecting the narrative to explode into bits.

Simon of the Mountain

'Simon of the Mountain' Luxbox

Section: Critics' Week

Director: Federico Luis

Cast: Lorenzo Ferro, Kiara Supini, Pehuen Pedre

Deadline's takeaway:  Lorenzo Ferro is extraordinary as Simon in Federico Luis' moving, puzzling and wholly original debut feature. The hand-held camera follows Ferro closely; we never tire of his face, wondering what mood or expression will erupt next. We learn almost nothing about his past, his future hangs in the air, and there is only his present

The Substance

'The Substance' Working Title

Section: Competition

Director: Coralie Fargeat

Cast: Demi Moore, Margaret Qualley, Dennis Quaid

Deadline's takeaway:  Imagine David Lynch's Mulholland Drive fused in a telepod with David Cronenberg's Dead Ringers, add the unbelievably dynamic pairing of Demi Moore and Margaret Qualley, process it through the ultra-vivid color palette that is Fargeat's hyper-saturated imagination, sprinkle a bit of J.G. Ballard on top, and you have the perfect breakout genre movie of the year.

The Surfer

'The Surfer' Cannes Film Festival

Section: Midnight Screenings

Director: Lorcan Finnegan

Cast: Nicolas Cage, Julian Mcmahon, Nic Cassim, Miranda Tapsell, Alexander Bertrand, Justin Rosniak, Rahel Romahn, Finn Little, Charlotte Maggi

Deadline's takeaway: Nic Cage as a surfer dude? Unlikely, but who cares? The Surfer is an object lesson in how to make a film economically by using a single location, a bunch of surfing extras and some stock footage of lizards. Which is the grindhouse ethic at work, for sure.

Three Kilometers to the End of the World

'Three Kilometers to the End of the World' Vlad Dimitrescu

Section: Competition

Director: Emanuel Parvu

Cast: Bogdan Dumitrache, Ciprian Chiujdea, Laura Vasily

Deadline's takeaway: Parvu is careful to show the complexity of these characters as well as of their weave of betrayals, mistakes and wrongdoing. The actors bring to their portraits the naturalistic ease combined with intensity that is a hallmark of Romanian New Wave cinema, each one a whole person with their own reasons.

To a Land Unknown

'To a Land Unknown' NFW Men in the Sun Ltd.

Section: Directors' Fortnight

Director: Mahdi Fleifel

Cast: Mahmood Bakri, Aram Sabbah, Angeliki Papoulia, Mohammad Alsurafa, Mouataz Alshaltouh

Deadline's takeaway: Mahdi Fleifel brings a steady hand to this material, never trying to overstep the limits of these two men's daily experience to grandstand or wave a flag. Instead, there's a generously simple sympathy with these refugees, even when their criminal activities become monstrous.

When the Light Breaks

'When the Light Breaks' Compass Film

Section: Un Certain Regard

Director: Rúnar Rúnarsson

Cast: Elín Hall, Katla Njálsdóttir, Ágúst Wigum, Mikael Kaaber, Baldur Einarsson, Gunna Hrafn Kristjánsson

Deadline's takeaway: As an opening-night choice for Cannes' Un Certain Regard, When the Light Breaks sets a standard for the original and specific vision that is expected of films in this section. 

Wild Diamond

'Wild Diamond'

Section: Competition

Director: Agathe Riedinger

Cast: Malou Khebizi, Andréa Bescond, Idir Azougli, Ashley Romano

Deadline's takeaway: Riedinger's debut feature approaches her subject with remarkable empathy, taking Liane on her own terms and seeing her surroundings largely through her eyes. 

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