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David Cronenberg’s The Shrouds – 2024 Cannes Critics’ Panel: Day 7

David Cronenberg’s The Shrouds – 2024 Cannes Critics’ Panel: Day 7

In his late career resurgence with Crimes of the Future having been showcased in the comp in 2022, David Cronenberg makes his entrance with The Shrouds (aka Les Linceuls) – a Canada-France co-production. Having been here before for Crash (1996), Spider (2002), A History of Violence (2005), Cosmopolis (2012) and Maps to the Stars (2014), the filmmaker reunites with Vincent Cassel and makes it a first with Diane Kruger and Guy Pearce.

Gist: Karsh (Cassel) is a prominent businessman. Inconsolable since the death of his wife, he invents GraveTech, revolutionary and controversial technology that enables the living to monitor their dear departed in their shrouds. One night, multiple graves, including that of Karsh’s wife, are desecrated. Karsh sets out to track down the perpetrators.

Current temperature: A perennial favorite with nothing left to prove but to pull out some ideas from the drawer, his latest work received a tepid response from our critics sinking in with a 2.5 grad average.

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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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