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2015 Cannes Critics’ Panel Day 10: Pulling the Plug on Michel Franco’s “Chronic”

It’s a Tim Roth lead Un Certain Regard jury that awarded Michel Franco with the highest honor of the section. Michel Franco has moved up the Croisette, debuting his Daniel and Ana in the Directors’ Fortnight section in 2009, and the UCR in 2012 with the equally disturbing After, Lucia. Naturally landing an In Comp spot, Chronic fittingly tapped Roth to play the caretaker protag in the Mexican filmmaker’s fourth feature. As our Nicholas Bell mentioned in his review, “Franco’s bleak predilection for misanthropy shows no signs of waning,” and my guess is that the oft-mentioned comparisons to Haneke made this too jarring of a portrait at the tale end of the fest.

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Eric Lavallée is the founder, CEO, editor-in-chief, film journalist and critic at (founded in 2000). Eric 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. He was an associate producer on Mark Jackson's This Teacher (2018 LA Film Festival, 2018 BFI London). In 2022 he served as a New Flesh Comp for Best First Feature at the 2022 Fantasia Intl. Film Festival. Current top films for 2022 include Tár (Todd Field), All That Breathes (Shaunak Sen), Aftersun (Charlotte Wells).

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