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Paolo Sorrentino’s Parthenope – 2024 Cannes Critics’ Panel: Day 8

Paolo Sorrentino’s Parthenope – 2024 Cannes Critics’ Panel: Day 8

If he has the option between the Croisette or the Lido, Paolo Sorrentino is going to… France. His Cannes journey began with 2004’s The Consequences of Love, followed by 2006’s Friend of the Family, his masterwork Il Divo, his misstep of 2011’s This Must Be the Place, 2015’s Youth and the two-piecer Loro He returns with a piece of cinema that we could equate to the sweet summer breezy demeanor and while Parthenope lays it on thick with its pristine-looking flair, but how did our critics think about it’s center? Celeste Dalla Porta toplines in what will be a complete early career boost.

Gist: The long journey of Parthenope’s life, from her birth in 1950 till today. A feminine epic, devoid of heroism but brimming with an inexorable passion for freedom, Naples, and the faces of love—all those true, pointless, and unspeakable loves. The perfect Capri summer, the lightheartedness of youth. Which ends in ambush. And then all the others—the Neapolitans, men and women, observed and loved, disillusioned and vital, their waves of melancholy, their tragic ironies and dejected glances. Life, be it ordinary or memorable, knows how to be very long. The passing of time offers up a vast repertoire of emotions. And there in the background, so close and so very far, is Naples, this ineffable city that bewitches, enchants, screams, laughs, and always knows how to hurt you.

Current temperature: While some were seduced by this latest Sorrentino offering, this is another title that falls below the 3.0 mark with a current grade of 2.7.

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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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