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2021 Cannes Critics’ Panel: Day 9 – Sean Baker’s Red Rocket

2021 Cannes Critics’ Panel: Day 9 – Sean Baker’s Red Rocket

Entering the competition for the very first time (this is Sean Baker‘s second official visit on the Croisette with The Florida Project premiering in the Directors’ Fortnight section) Red Rocket features explores another unique backdrop (Texas City, Texas), notions of what hustling really implies or requires (mostly go for broke and living on a prayer) and it’s anchored by a comedic and charismatic performance Simon Rex who’s Mikey Saber will likely be mention in “butt” jokes at the Indie Spirit awards next year. Blasting to N Sync’s Bye Bye Bye, this is about departures and arrivals – into homes and people’s lives.

With the same sort of “rocket” fuel that we last saw on the croisette with Safdie Bros.’ Good Times, the critics responded extremely well to Sean Baker’s film – placing it tied for second with A Hero.

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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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