Cannes: THR's Critics Pick Their 7 Favorite Films

'Son of Saul'

The jury may have made its selections May 24, but The Hollywood Reporter's film critics have their own opinions.

This story first appeared in the June 5 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe.

Son of Saul — Palme d'Or

In a timid competition crop, Hungarian director Laszlo Nemes' stylistic tour de force of a feature-length debut, set in the Auschwitz-Birkenau extermination camp, stood out as a visceral and vivid viewing experience.

The Lobster Grand Prize (2nd place)

Greek filmmaker Yorgos Lanthimos' futuristic fable (starring Colin Farrell and Rachel Weisz) — about a world where people must couple up or be turned into animals — was hilarious and haunting.

'The Lobster'

Carol — Jury Prize (3rd place)

Todd Haynes' adaptation of Patricia Highsmith's novel about a lesbian love affair in the '50s was a work of beauty and intelligence, boosted by first-rate performances by Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara.


Tim Roth, Chronic — Best Actor

Playing a terminal-illness home-care nurse in Michel Franco's drama, the actor loses himself in the punishing life of a man whose dedication to his job stems directly from the scars of personal devastation.


Zhao Tao, Mountains May Depart — Best Actress

In Jia Zhangke's era-spanning meditation on Chinese identity, the director's wife delivers a gorgeous performance of grace and emotional transparency.

Zhao Tao in 'Mountains May Depart'

Paolo Sorrentino, Youth — Best Director

The Italian director's exploration of art and aging (starring Michael Caine and Harvey Keitel) becomes a sustained torrent of ravishing images and sensory pleasures.

Paolo Sorrentino

Phyllis Nagy, Carol — Best Screenplay

Nagy's smart script retains the essential dynamics of Highsmith's 1952 novel The Price of Salt, while making purposeful tweaks to its story of transgressive love.