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The Hollywood Reporter's critics list the 20 best films of the 2023 Cannes Film Festival

Fall Analysis

Contest Starring the sensational Sandra Hüller as the German novelist on trial for her husband’s murder, French director Justine Triet’s Palme d’Or winner is astonishing Grieving and comfortingly rich: part legal process, part portrait of a complicated woman, part snapshot of a marriage on the brink, and part coming-of-age story. Most of all, Anatomy of a Fall is about the fundamental unknowability of a person, a relationship, and the dangerous impossibility of trying to comprehend — whether it’s a child to his parents The bewilderment or court struggles to make sense of an inscrutable suspect. —Jon Frosch



Wim Wenders’ latest 3D documentary offers German painter and sculptor A captivating film catalog of the deeply tactile minimalist work of artist Anselm Kiefer. As in Pina, Wenders’ luminous 25 Tribute to the late dancer and choreographer Pina Bausch, The director makes the best case for the House of Arts making sure the theater’s 3D projection suite is kept up to date: this is one of those rare films that is actually enriched by the use of the format, rather than being made for the easily amused or the very The younger ones offer an excuse for fancy thrills. — LESLIE FELPERIN


A Kind of Attention

Anthony Chen’s intimate, satisfying film is set – the icy Chinese city near the North Korean border Yanji – eloquently underscores the situation of the protagonists, whose lives hang in the balance as if frozen in place. The characters are their one woman and two men (Delicate restraint and impeccable naturalism played by Zhou Dongyu, Liu Haoran, Qu Chuxiao) Entanglement In a quasi-love triangle and rarely expressed anxiety. Their moments of introspection reveal what they are hiding. —David Rooney

La Chimera


Italian filmmaker Alice Rohrwacher’s vibrant and bizarrely lyrical film revolves around a fascinating pocket-sized community: tombaroli, illegal tomb robbers excavate Etruscan ruins, then sell these antiquities to the fence for money, and the fence sells them to museums and collectors for more large amount. Josh O’Connor is excellent in his central role as a haunted Brit whom tombaroli casts as a kind of mystic capable of To find fruitful places, dig with a forked branch as a divining rod. — Doctor

close your eyes

Cannes Premiere

it’s been from Spain Director Victor Erice’s last feature film, it was worth the wait. The main character is an aging filmmaker and novelist (Manolo Solo), who, like Iris, hasn’t made a movie in decades and now lives as a hermit in Spain In a village on the coast. Deliberately paced but building strength, this poignant, energetic work culminates in the closing act, with the film itself playing a pivotal role in evoking forgotten lives and memories as only cinema can. — JORDAN MINTZER


One Concern

Argentinian director Rodrigo Moreno’s captivating and mysterious three-hour heist saga begins with a story about The laid-back crime tale of two banks begins with employees trying to break free from their day-to-day jobs. But then it digresses, deepens, and complicates, creating new mysteries out of old ones, creating love out of thin air. The intimate and mysterious epic is an acquired taste that requires patience, but for those willing to embrace its meandering pacing and puzzle-like structure, it offers many rewards. — JM

Fallen Leaves


Finnish master Aki Kaurismäki’s first film in six years comes in retro form, a slim but very haunting Satisfying tragicomedy Two lonely blue-collar men stumble toward love. running24 minutes, the third jury prize winner may be insignificant compared to many of Kaurismäki’s more complex narratives, but the feeling of it will creep up and Serves up nicely shared laugh-out-loud lines, with a comical aplomb. — Dr.



Brazilian director Karim Aïnouz’s first English-language film – textured The suspenseful historical drama depicts Catherine Parr, Henry VIII’s sixth and final wife, trying to avoid the chopping block. Despite being steeped in the murky atmosphere of a country ravaged by plague and tyrannical rule, the film remains vibrantly contemporary, providing Alicia Vikander with two excellent lead roles (her own Best performance since Ex Machina ) and a horribly capricious Jude Law as the sick monarch. — DR

four daughters


In her heartbreaking nonfiction, Kaouther Ben Hania invites professional actors to recreate Tunisia A woman’s devastating experience of losing her two oldest daughters who fled to join ISIS in Libya. Using memories as scenes and interspersing reenactments with interviews with remaining family members, the director constructs a riveting narrative about memory, motherhood, and the trauma left behind by a patriarchal society. — LOVIA GYARKYE

The Goldman Case

Directors’ biweekly

Naked and gripping courtroom by director Cédric Kahn The drama has been revisited 25 Trial of French left-wing activist Pierre Goldman accused of murdering two pharmacists and treated with blatant police anti-Semitism . Franco-Belgian actor Arieh Worthalter plays the title role and convinces us that Goldman is innocent, not to mention that he committed himself to a political cause before the trial was over. Suspense revolves around whether the jury will agree with us. — JM



Catherine Corsini’s thrilling drama stars Suzy Ben Ba (Suzy Bemba) and Esther Gohourou play sisters who return to their home island of Corsica for the summer to join their mother (Aïssatou Diallo Sagna), a nanny to a wealthy family in Paris . The movie cuts between the characters flawlessly, following their respective arcs while digging into their tragic shared past. There’s nothing particularly novel about the story, but it feels fresh because of the actresses, who bring a tremendous amount of charisma to their characters. — JM

How to make love

not sure Regard

Three British high school graduates’ summer trip to Greece turns upside down The twist comes when one of them is sexually assaulted in Molly Manning Walker’s quietly stunning feature debut, which won this year’s Un Certain Regard Sidebar Award. Mia McKenna Bruce powerfully portrays a young woman grappling with the dawn reality of what happened to her, and between her and two friends who struggle to make sense of her changing character Changing dynamics. — LG

Killers of the Flower Moon

Special Screening

Based on the non-fiction book by David Grant, Martin Scorsese The early and methodical extermination of oil-rich Native Americans Oklahoma is a sprawling, intriguing chronicle of a story from An escalating tragedy that has not loosened its grip. Leonardo DiCaprio is excellent as a spineless man who is tormented by his role in the nefarious plot orchestrated by his uncle the rancher (Robert De Niro) – but with Surprisingly, the Osage woman played by Lily Gladstone is unfortunately married to him. – PhD

Mother of all things

Un Certain Regard

uses scale models and figurines of her childhood neighborhood to represent family, friends and neighbors — Many people have been interviewed here — Moroccan documentary filmmaker Asmae El Moudir takes a relaxingly intimate, handcrafted approach to unraveling multiple secrets in her debut feature. The result is a sly, often funny, and ultimately moving study of community, generational suffering, and state-covered atrocities, combining non-fiction technique with ingenuity and beautiful storytelling. – if

Occupy the city

special Screening

No interview or archival material, Steve McQueen( Steve McQueen’s provocative four-plus-hour documentary combines an elegant portrait of contemporary Amsterdam with matter-of-fact dictation of the city during the German occupation. The film has the exhaustiveness of such a Holocaust chronicle masterpiece as Max Ophuls Sorrow and Mercy. But its perspective is fresh, eschewing the conventions of non-fiction in order to peek at the fringes where the ghosts of history linger—and stir up something more complex than emotion. — Shirley Lyndon



in Wim Wenders’ eloquent and emotive character study Medium – his best narrative film in years – brilliant screen vet Koji Yakusho (this year’s Best Actor winner) plays a middle-aged Tokyo man who reduces his life to routine and small pleasures . It’s a deceptively simple film that observes the tiny details of existence with such clarity, soulfulness, and empathy that they gather power almost without you noticing. – PhD

Hot Pot


One of the finest art house food porn flicks anywhere else besides France Will it be around for a while? Starring Benoit Magimel and Juliette Binoche Best Director winner) captures mouth-watering dishes as edible in gorgeous images, combining culinary wonder with a touching middle-aged love story. — JM

Weird Lifestyle

Special screening

Order of Pedro Almodovar Intoxicating half-hour queer western with Ethan Hawke and Pedro Pascal’s smoldering turns as ex-lovers – Sheriff and Rancher, respectively – who are in Year. The Spanish master packs a short amount of time with deeper feelings and an evocative atmosphere than most directors manage in a full-length film. – PhD

Human Scriptures

A kind of attention

Inspired by the rhyming int in the classic form of Persian poetry With simplicity, writer-directors Ali Asgari and Ali Reza Khatami have constructed a modern production that is simple and elegant. Each interlocking segment focuses on the residents of Tehran as they attempt to reason with government bureaucrats or authority figures. The circumstances facing the protagonists are specific to Iran, but their escalating madness is universal. The film is full of sadness and anger at the absurdity of an autocratic order that crushes the soul. — SL

Interest Areas


Based on Martin Amis’s 20 novel, This German-language film from Jonathan Glazer (2nd prize winner at the festival) is a devastating Holocaust drama like no other, proving the British director’s precise control of tone and visual storytelling. Centering on the family of a high-ranking SS officer as they live an idyllic dream life outside of Auschwitz, it’s a stunning film whose dispassionate observational style somehow makes its scrutiny all the more Chilling. — DR

A version of this story first appeared in May Issue of The Hollywood Reporter Magazine. 1235501816Click here to subscribe. 1235502021



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