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Todd Haynes’ May December – 2023 Cannes Critics’ Panel: Day 4

Todd Haynes’ May December – 2023 Cannes Critics’ Panel: Day 4

After a quick trip to Paris for a retrospective of his career at the Centre Pompidou, Todd Haynes comes back to Cannes for his sixth trip. Masterwork Safe was in the Directors’ Fortnight back in 1995, and then he received comp invites for Velvet Goldmine (1998), Carol (2015) and Wonderstruck (2017) for competition films. The Velvet Underground was an out-of-competition selection in 2021. May December‘s main trio includes Natalie Portman as Elizabeth Berry, Julianne Moore as Gracie Atherton-Yoo and Charles Melton as Joe Yoo — the man-boy character who is slightly stunted in his emotional maturity.

Written by Samy Burch and based on a story Burch wrote with Alex Mechanik, twenty years after their notorious tabloid romance gripped the nation, a married couple buckles under the pressure when an actress arrives to do research for a film about their past. The score here is delicious and so are the cast of insecure-minded adults

Current temp: At this point we have fifteen out of the twenty folks on our panel and it cemented a 3.3 average grade which makes this campy delight the third highest graded film in the comp. It could end up prizing.

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Eric Lavallée is the founder, CEO, editor-in-chief, film journalist and critic at (founded in 2000). Eric is a regular at Sundance, Cannes and TIFF. He has a BFA in Film Studies at the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema. In 2013 he served as a Narrative Competition Jury Member 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 served as a New Flesh Comp for Best First Feature at the 2022 Fantasia Intl. Film Festival. Current top films for 2022 include Tár (Todd Field), All That Breathes (Shaunak Sen), Aftersun (Charlotte Wells).

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