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The Hollywood Reporter Critics Pick the 20 Best Films of Cannes 2023
Favorites included Scorsese’s wrenching true-crime epic, two riveting French courtroom dramas, a chilling Holocaust film like no other, a handcrafted Moroccan documentary, and the latest from veteran auteurs Aki Kaurismaki, Wim Wenders and Victor Erice.
‘Elemental’ Review: Pixar’s Timely High-Concept Bonanza Underwhelms
Director Peter Sohn ('The Good Dinosaur') tells the story of a fire family immigrating to a metropolis dominated by the opposing element of water, and the romance that ensues.
‘Last Summer’ Review: Catherine Breillat’s Stepmom Seduction Story Bends the Boundaries
Léa Drucker ('Custody') stars as a woman who begins a fiery love affair with her teenage stepson, wreaking potential havoc on their bourgeois French family.
‘The Old Oak’ Review: Ken Loach’s Stirring if Schematic Chronicle of a Small-Town Culture Clash
Premiering in Cannes’ competition, the two-time Palme d'Or winner's latest centers around a northern English pub owner whose community welcomes a group of Syrian refugees.
‘The Other Laurens’ Review: A Flavorful Belgian Noir With a Bona Fide 1970s Vibe
Writer-director Claude Schmitz’s third feature follows a private detective trying to uncover the truth behind his twin brother’s death.
‘All to Play For’ Review: Virginie Efira Excels in a Custody Drama With No Easy Solutions
Writer-director Delphine Deloget’s first feature follows a single mother who battles the French authorities to get her son back.
‘The Pot-au-Feu’ Review: Juliette Binoche and Benoît Magimel Serve Up an Exquisitely Prepared French Meal
The pair star in 'The Scent of Green Papaya' writer-director Tràn Anh Hùng’s Cannes competition entry about an aging couple coming together both in and out of the kitchen.
‘Kidnapped’ Review: Marco Bellocchio’s Intriguing if Overheated Historical Drama About a Jewish Boy Seized By the Church
The Italian auteur's latest feature delves into an incident that occurred in 1858, when a secretly baptized 6-year-old Jew from Bologna was handed over to the Vatican.
‘Close Your Eyes’ Review: Master Spanish Filmmaker Victor Erice’s Moving Homage to the Power of Movies
The celebrated director of 'The Spirit of the Beehive' and 'Dream of Light' returns to Cannes with his first feature after more than three decades.
‘The Settlers’ Review: Debuting Director Felipe Gálvez’s Provocative Look at Chile’s Colonial Past
The Cannes Un Certain Regard premiere explores the massacre of indigenous tribes at the hands of Spanish landowners in 19th century Chile.
‘Along Came Love’ Review: Katell Quillévéré’s Ambitious But Uneven French Post-War Melodrama
Anaïs Demoustier ('Anaïs in Love') and Vincent Lacoste ('Lost Illusions') star as a couple clinging to each other in the wake of World War II.
‘Only the River Flows’ Review: An Elusive Chinese Serial Killer Procedural Pays Homage to Film Noir
Premiering in Cannes' Un Certain Regard sidebar, Shujun Wei's slow-burn thriller stars Yilong Zhu as a detective whose hunt for a serial killer uncovers the secrets of a small town.