Dheepan Jacques Audiard's Cannes Film Festival winner follows a pretend family - a man, woman, and child, refugees of the Sri Lankan civil war - as they try to make a new life in a grim, graffitied housing complex on the outskirts of Paris. Tough, sobering stuff, with a heartbreaking performance by Antonythasan Jesuthasan, himself a veteran of the Sri Lanka conflict, in the title role. R
Dheepan, from director Jacques Audiard, opens in a Sri Lankan refugee camp, where a woman trolls the tents in search of a child - any child that she can claim as hers - and where a man, a stranger, waits in the camp office, posing as her husband. The makeshift couple hope to gain political asylum in Europe, far from the trauma of civil war and its aftermath.
The Lobster is what would happen if Wes Anderson set about doing Franz Kafka, with a hefty dash of George Orwell thrown into the mix: surreal, comic, sad, strange, beautiful, sublime. (Charlie Kaufman comes to mind, too, but let's not complicate matters.)
There's a scene in a film class in Scream 2 where the college kids (Sarah Michelle Gellar, Joshua Jackson, practically AARP members now!) start arguing over sequels. As in, name one that's better than the original. Aliens, T-2, just about every title gets shot down. Finally, a student says he's got one: The Godfather: Part II.
Francofonia Alexander Sokurov's quasi-documentary is a brilliant meditation on art, on war - and what happens to art when nations go to war. In a bold mashup of archival footage, reenactments, and reimaginings, the filmmaker examines how France's famed museum, the Louvre, came into being. And how its palatial galleries - and the masterpieces in its collection - survived World War II. No MPAA rating