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2013 Cannes Critics’ Panel: Kechiche’s “Blue is the Warmest Colour” in a Class Apart

According to the sixteen critics on our panel, Abdellatif Kechiche’s Blue is the Warmest Colour (which is already being considered to be the filmmaker’s masterwork) was an instant, almost across the board unanimous top film of the 2013 edition. Garnering four perfect 5-star scores and several 4.5’s (for a total average of 4.3), our critics grid matches those of Screen Daily and Le Film Francais. Tied for second place we have early fest favorite The Past and the Coen Bros.’ Inside Llewyn Davis, while late in fest entry Only Lovers Left Alive and A Touch of Sin appear to be a cut above among a handful of critics. Titles also being championed by select members of our panel include: Venus in Fur, La Grande Bellezza, Behind the Candelabra, Like Father, Like Son and James Gray’s The Immigrant is receiving almost perfect scores from our French critics. Click on the chart below for the almost complete grade assignments.

2013 Cannes Critics' Panel

Eric Lavallée is the founder, CEO, editor-in-chief, film journalist, and critic at, established in 2000. A regular at Sundance, Cannes, and Venice, Eric holds a BFA in film studies from the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema. In 2013, he served on the narrative competition jury at the SXSW Film Festival. He was an associate producer on Mark Jackson’s "This Teacher" (2018 LA Film Festival, 2018 BFI London). In 2022, he was a New Flesh Juror for Best First Feature at the Fantasia International Film Festival. Current top films for 2023 include The Zone of Interest (Glazer), Inside the Yellow Cocoon Shell (Pham Thien An), Totem (Lila Avilés), La Chimera (Alice Rohrwacher), All Dirt Roads Taste of Salt (Raven Jackson).


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