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Andrea Arnold’s Bird – 2024 Cannes Critics’ Panel: Day 3

Andrea Arnold’s Bird – 2024 Cannes Critics’ Panel: Day 3

We have two English-language items with two very different price tags in today’s double pairing for the competition. The first item out of the gate (that caused several of our critics scheduling issues) was the latest film by Andrea Arnold. A Cannes perennial favorite, she has won three consecutive Jury Prize awards for Red Road, Fish Tank, American Honey. Following the Cannes Premiere selected docu Cow (2021), we find Bird which clocked in at the two hour mark.

Gist: This follows a 12-year-old (Nykiya Adams) who lives with her brother and single dad (Barry Keoghan) in a squat in North Kent. As she approaches puberty she seeks attention and adventure elsewhere. The drudgery of everyday life is thrown off kilter when she meets Bird (Franz Rogowski).

Current temperature: As usual with Arnold cinema we have the signature elements – animal kingdom (open nature, pets), shaky hand-held Robbie Ryan camerawork, aimless and stubborn youth and even a little bit of Murder at the Disco for good measure. On our Critics’ Grid in 2016, American Honey received an average score of 2.7. This time out, with only eight scores, we are in the same neighborhood with a 2.8. We expect more grades by midday tomorrow.

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Eric Lavallée is the founder, CEO, editor-in-chief, film journalist, and critic at IONCINEMA.com, 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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