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2016 Cannes Critics’ Panel Day 5: Nicole Garcia Passionate About “From the Land of the Moon”

With her eighth feature film under her belt, veteran actress (Resnais’ My American Uncle) turned filmmaker Nicole Garcia returns to the Cannes competition a full decade after shoring up with Selon Charlie. Not sure if it was the lack of enthusiasm, or some critics might have hit a wall of fatigue, but not many showed up for the 8:30 a.m. screening this morning. Going by the title of From the Land of the Moon (Mal de pierres), Marion Cotillard and Louis Garrel share top billing in this period piece based on a novel by Milena Agus. While The Hollywood Reporter’s Deborah Young calls this “a smoothly told tale is more of a character study than a romance, yet should still draw fans of romance fiction who will particularly appreciate Louis Garrel in the role of the dashing lieutenant Andre Sauvage,” and Variety’s Jessica Kiang categorizes this as a “gloss of respectability by the tastefulness of Garcia’s style, the genteel photography from Christophe Beaucarne, an unobjectionable score from Daniel Pemberton and a performance of tremulous commitment from Marion Cotillard,” our group of critics have had a tempered response to the film.

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Nicole Garcia Cannes Critics Panel

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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