Cannes: Hollywood Reporter's Film Critics Pick Palme d'THR and 6 Other Winners

8:00 AM 5/25/2016

by Leslie Felperin, Jon Frosch, Todd McCarthy, Jordan Mintzer, and Boyd van Hoeij

'Elle,' 'Paterson' and 'Personal Shopper' were among the best of the fest.

Elle Film Still - 2016 - H
Courtesy of Cannes Film Festival

  • Elle

    Paul Verhoeven's sleek, provocative, thrillingly complex and darkly funny portrait of a rape victim (the peerless Isabelle Huppert) made other films in competition seem safe and complacent in comparison.

  • Paterson

    Jim Jarmusch's understated comedy about a couple of unrecognized artists unspools into a poignant meditation on city life, romantic love and the power of creativity to sustain us.

  • Sieranevada

    With an impressive mastery of camera and space, Romanian New Waver Cristi Puiu puts you right in the middle of a tense, funny, sometimes explosive family reunion.

  • Adam Driver, 'Paterson'

    Playing a bus driver with a passion for poetry, the actor makes indelible use of his deep voice and distinctive face to pull us into his character's rich inner world.

  • Kristen Stewart, 'Personal Shopper'

    Triumphantly reteaming with Clouds of Sils Maria director Olivier Assayas, the actress delivers a low-key star turn as an American in Paris haunted by grief (and ghosts).

  • Olivier Assayas, 'Personal Shopper'

    The French director's mindf— of a psychological horror film wasn't for everyone, but its dread-drenched atmosphere, nail-biting suspense and cool sensuality marked it as a work of unique vision.

  • Cristian Mungiu, 'Graduation (Bacalaureat)?'

    The writer-director's dense, intricately plotted tale of a father's efforts to protect his daughter's academic future sends the viewer on a downward-spiraling journey into Romania's corruption-stained soul.