The Cannes Film Festival is too rich an event to truly have an “off” year, but by the end of the 72nd edition, it was more or less universally acknowledged that the festival had regained a full-on, holy-moutaintop-of-art luster that was a bit lacking the year before. It helps, of course, to have headline-making movies by iconic auteurs, and Terrence Malick
, Pedro Almodóvar
, and Quentin Tarantino
all had films in competition that delivered that blend of artistic rush and gravitas. But there were, in addition, many up-and-coming voices who rose above the fray, from Céline Sciamma
(“Portrait of a Lady on Fire
”) to Robert Eggers
”), pointing the way to cinema’s future.
La Belle Époque
Hidden in plain sight among the out-of-competition premieres at Cannes, this mainstream French comedy from writer-director Nicolas Bedos
is the kind of movie that journalists routinely ignore in favor of flashier titles from international directors.