Cannes 2012: The Films We Can’t Wait To See

June 12, 2012

Cannes Film Festival 2012

By Austen Brooks

This year’s festival wrapped up on May 27. Here are a few entries to look for in the coming months.

AMOUR (Love): Winner of the coveted Palme d’Or, Michael Hanake’s drama about an elderly couple whose love is tested has gotten buzz for its impeccable direction and soulful performances. Look for it in theaters this December.

DE ROUILLE ET D’OS (Rust & Bone): Marion Cotillard’s Stephanie is a killer whale trainer who must rebuilt her life after she is paralyzed with the help of a man without much to give. Cotillard is a heavy-hitter whose raw performances and universal magnitude wills surely attract attention to Jacques Audiard’s piece.

LAWLESS: Can’t wait to see how director John Hillcoat reigns in the precarious energy of bad boys Tom Hardy and Shia LaBeouf. Then again, the film follows the rise of the Bondurant Brothers, so perhaps restraint isn’t ideal. Subject matter and cast guarantee entertainment if not innovation.

LIKE SOMEONE IN LOVE: If anyone can capture the nearly invisible moments that breed a relationship, it’s past Palme d’Or recipient (for Taste of Cherry) Abbas Kiarostami. He travels to Tokyo to document two complete strangers’ sudden pull toward each other.

THE PAPERBOY: You’ve probably already heard about the scene in the festival’s most talked-about film when Nicole Kidman urinates on Zac Efron. Salaciousness aside, the film features an intriguing cast that includes Matthew McConaughey, John Cusack, David Oyelowo and Macy Gray. Lee Daniel’s followup to Precious premiered to an audience split between a standing ovation and boo’s. That’s enough to pique our interest.

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