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Cannes Critics’ Panel Day 10: David Cronenberg’s Cosmopolis

His fourth feature film at Cannes since Crash was awarded the Special Jury Prize (1996), the novel to screen adaptation of Don DeLillo’s Cosmopolis sees Robert Pattinson deliver, perhaps his best performance to date as Eric Packer – the ego-centric billionaire whose financial tsunami is played out into one long limo ride. With a flurry of short and sweet appearances from the likes of Sarah Gadon, Juliette Binoche, Mathieu Amalric, Samatha Morton and Paul Giamatti, several critics at the fest are comparing this to On the Road, as both are difficult to adapt projects. So the critical consensus among our panelists and the festival journos is that this is either a film to be loved or hate — which may have to do with David Cronenberg’s chosen form. Not all our panelists have provided their grades, but I’m thinking that the final tally should improve. Click to see the latest grid results.

Cannes Critics’ Panel Day 10

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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