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2022 Cannes Critics’ Panel: Day 8 – Jean-Pierre & Luc Dardenne’s Tori et Lokita

For their ninth feature film in competition, Jean-Pierre & Luc Dardenne once again turn to non-actors to give their text fresh new faces for a drama of dire consequences. Tori et Lokita comes three years since their last trip to the Croisette with Best Director winning Young Ahmed, the Dardennes will likely leave the Croisette with some awards recognition – from Critics’ groups to a possible third Palme. Winners for Rosetta (1999) and L’Enfant (2005), they came close to winning for 2011’s Kid With A Bike. They won Best Screenplay in 2008 for Lorna’s Silence. Let us not forget that they also premiered 2011’s Two Days, One Night and 2016’s The Unknown Girl.

Mubi Cannes 2022

An unsanitized look into a system that fails the most vulnerable, and the ramifications here are extreme — but at it’s basic core this is a story about friendship when you have no one. Pablo Schils and Joely Mbundu topline. You will never forget them or the vultures that surround them.

Mubi Cannes 2022

With fourteen of our twenty critics weighing in, we must just be in a 2nd place tie as Tori et Lokita received some solid grades resulting in an average score of 3.2.

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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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