Pixar’s ‘Inside Out’ Gets A Lot Of Buzz At Cannes Film Festival (NPR)

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Ignore the title. L.A. Times and NPR film critic Kenneth Turan talks about some great films premiering at Cannes this week. Included are Todd Haynes’ (Far From Heaven) Carol which I’m so excited to see my teeth hurt, Arnaud Desplechin’s (Un conte de Noël) Golden Years, and László Nemes’ Son of Saul. Extremely excited about all three of these films after hearing this story. From NPR,

We have a preview of some of the movies you may well be talking about the rest of this year. Our film critic Kenneth Turan, also of the Los Angeles Times, is at the Cannes Film Festival in France, where he gets to watch these movies before you do.

one of the others there is called “Son Of Saul.” TURAN: Well, that was a fascinating film, and also the experience of seeing it was so classically Cannes. This is a Hungarian film, first-time director. It’s a dramatic film at the workings of Auschwitz, at the workings of a concentration camp. It’s as grim and effective a film as I’ve seen in years and years and years.

you also get to see a movie called “Carol.” TURAN: Yes, this is a new movie by Todd Haynes. This is one of the films that’s been most strongly received here. It’s based on a novel by Patricia Highsmith. It’s set in the early 1950s. It’s a love affair between two women, played by Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara. And it’s just beautifully made and impeccably acted. It just kind of had critics swooning here because the level of craft and filmmaking skill is so high.

Well, sometimes it’s extraordinary. There’s a film I saw called “My Golden Years” by a French director named Arnaud Desplechin. It’s a very warm, evocative story about his teenage years, and the audience just loved it. After the film ended, they all stood up unmasked. It was like 10, 12 minutes of consistent, rhythmic applause. The cast was in tears. The director was hugging everybody. It’s a kind of extraordinary, live experience that’s really so rare, even at film festivals. And again, it’s one of the things that marks Cannes as distinctive.

Read the transcript or listen to the podcast at NPR. Just have to ignore Steve Inskeep.

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