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Jessica Hausner’s Club Zero – 2023 Cannes Critics’ Panel: Day 6

Jessica Hausner’s Club Zero – 2023 Cannes Critics’ Panel: Day 6

She officially graduated to the main competition section in Cannes with Little Joe in 2019 she now cements her status there with her latest film Club Zero. Previously, Jessica Hausner had premiered 2001’s Lovely Rita, 2004’s Hotel and Amour Fou (2014) in the Un Certain Regard section and with 2009’s Lourdes being the only non-Croisette item and preeming at the Venice Film Festival. This odd ball film will likely win her no new fans.

Starring Mia Wasikowska as Miss Novak, who joins the staff of an international boarding school to teach a conscious eating class. She instructs that eating less is healthy. The other teachers are slow to notice what is happening and by the time the distracted parents begin to realise, Club Zero has become a reality.

Current temp: Almost like throwing a rock into a lake, this sank almost to the complete bottom of our grid with 19 of our 20 critics giving this an average grade of 2.3 which is second to last in the entire lie-up. There will be defenders for the film as interestingly two critics gave the film a firm 4 star rating.

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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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