Cannes Film Festival: Léa Seydoux, the queen without a crown [VIDÉO]

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CANNES – Léa Seydoux is featured in three films of the competition (and of Arnaud Desplachin presented in world premiere). This 74th edition consecrates, by force of circumstances, her natural talent, her great register and her charisma, which make her one of the best actresses of her generation. The 36-year-old beauty was unable to don her crown, however, deprived of access due to her positive COVID-19 test. Which does not prevent it from shining in France.

Isupreme rony when you think about it since this caustic feature film tackles, among other things, the over-media coverage of stars. However, if there is one of which we tear off the pretty face in One, it is the French actress!

Léa Seydoux first appeared in the imposing cast of French Dispatch by Wes Anderson, then as the main role in My wife’s story Ildiko Enyedi, to finally play the title character of Bruno Dumont’s film.

She slips into the skin of France de Meurs, a journalist who loves to stage herself in her reports and does not hesitate to grind reality to achieve beautiful images. Smart, yet manipulative, she enjoys her popularity – ironically, she will get her own medicine served along the way.

The filmmaker offers a veritable volley of green wood to media superficiality in his race for ratings (or clicks, it’s the same thing) and denounces the harmful influence of reality TV in the production of information.

He also took the opportunity to show the devastating effects of erasing the barrier between the private and the public.

A criticism of the system, but also of the citizens who maintain it …

Obviously, Dumont being Dumont, he avoids the pamphlet by betting, as usual, on an offbeat proposition (hello the discomforts) which has fun with the codes of melodrama.

The good news? A Quebec distributor bought it.

Love at first sight

It took the penultimate day of the competition to feel a big love at first sight, the kind that allows you to ignore the flaws and get excited about the freshness and authenticity of High and loud – like the percussive Wretched by Ladj Ly, Jury Prize 2019.

The reference is not accidental, since the film takes place in an ostracized suburb, in Casablanca, and the non-professional actors play their own role. Their spontaneity turns out to be pure delight. If it could, he should win a collective performance award.

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Anas (Anas Basbousi) arrives in a cultural center to introduce teenagers to the emancipatory words of hip-hop. The ex-rapper wants them to free themselves from the weight of religion and traditions. Easier said than done in a Muslim society (whose portrait lacks nuance).

Filmed on a handheld camera, in documentary style, High and loud alternates between more choreographed scenes and those where discussions between young people seem largely improvised. Soliloquies in their living environment also allow them to express their ideas, their aspirations and address taboo subjects in their country, in particular the status of women.

In 2015, Much Loved, presented here at the Directors’ Fortnight, was banned from screening in Morocco because the work included a “serious insult to moral values ​​and Moroccan women.” I would not be surprised if High and Strong caused a great deal of controversy in the Maghreb.

The fact remains that for his first presence in competition, the filmmaker has done things in a big way with this vibrant hymn to youth as a vector of change.

Mystical drifts

Those who thought, like me, that Apichatpong Weerasethakul’s first feature film outside of Thailand, in English moreover, might change the register… No, not at all.

Always so mystical, the man. And still interested in memory, in Memory, which follows the tribulations of an orchid grower (Tilda Swinton) who goes to Bogotá to visit her sick sister and who is disturbed by a strange sound that only she can hear.

His investigation will include 6,000-year-old corpses and a strange figure who doesn’t dream when he’s asleep – there’s a five-minute still to prove it to us …

The director has accomplished great things cinematically speaking, but outside of his country he has clearly lost the north. Of mortal boredom.

Apichatpong Weerasethakul