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Paul Schrader’s Oh, Canada – 2024 Cannes Critics’ Panel: Day 4

Paul Schrader’s Oh, Canada – 2024 Cannes Critics’ Panel: Day 4

Writer of the 1976 Palme d’Or winner Taxi Driver, and having been in comp with Mishima (1985) and Patty Hearst (1988), this is Paul Schrader’s long-awaited return with might be the final film of his career in Oh, Canada.
This stars Richard Gere, Jacob Elordi, Uma Thurman, Victoria Hill and Michael Imperioli.

Gist: Based on the 2021 novel Foregone by Russell Banks, this delves into the life of a tormented writer on the brink of death, a Canadian-American leftist who fled to Canada to avoid the Vietnam War draft. Leonard Fife (Richard Gere in the modern day, Jacob Elordi in flashbacks) is a terminally ill writer and filmmaker who has agreed to have his final testament of his life filmed by documentary filmmakers Malcolm (Michael Imperioli) and Diana (Victoria Hill), but proves to be an unreliable narrator due to his failing and distorted memory.

Current temperature: With sixteen of our twenty film critics weighing in we have our actual first hold on a 3.0 or more grade with several critics stamping this with a grade of four or higher. Currently sitting at the top of our list this is quite the accomplishment for the low budget drama.

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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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