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2016 Cannes Critics’ Panel Day 6: Jeff Nichols Has No Fear with “Loving”

We’ve been in full admiration of this American indie filmmaker ever since he broke out with Shotgun Stories (Berlin Film Fest) in 2007, and confirmed his prowess in 2011’s Take Shelter (Sundance & Cannes Film Fest Critics’ Week) in 2011. Following his 2012 in comp showing for Mud, his second comp film at the festival comes off the heals of his first studio film in Midnight Special (Berlin Film Fest). Loving is Jeff Nichols‘ fifth feature film outing in less than a decade and while Michael Shannon makes it five for five, this item, which is based in part on the Nancy Buirski’s documentary “The Loving Story” is toplined by Joel Edgerton and Ruth Negga. So far, the film has received a cozy reception from critics on the Croisette with an average of three outta five star ratings.

While there is apparently plenty to admire in the perfs, calm director’s hand and dp Adam Stones’ work, Variety’s Peter Debruge points to this film being “too damn polite,” while Indiewire.com’s Eric Kohn remarks that the “light touch at times makes it difficult to engage with the stakes at hand, and Nichols’ reverence for his couple’s deep bond is practically so sacred he seems resistant to show any of their flaws.” There might be some Oscar bait in the film, but it’ll need some gold dust from the Croisette for the eventual November release.

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Eric Lavallée is the founder, CEO, editor-in-chief, film journalist and critic at IONCINEMA.com (founded in 2000). Eric splits his time between his home base in Montreal, NYC, and is a regular at Sundance, Cannes and TIFF. He has a BFA in Film Studies at the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema. In 2013 he served as a Narrative Competition Jury Member at the SXSW Film Festival. Top 3 from 2016: Certain Women (Kelly Reichardt), Things to Come (Mia Hansen-Løve), Toni Erdmann (Maren Ade)

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