Monday, May 25, 2009

Cannes jollity

Trawling through this year's Cannes coverage in belated, typically jealous fashion, I was craving some laughs. Plenty, it must be said, came courtesy of the spit-flecked critical reaction to Lars von Trier's Antichrist, the film I'm now keenest to see from this year's crop, along with "The Audiard", "The Haneke", "The Campion", "The Andrea Arnold", and "The One With Mariah Carey In A Role Originally Offered to Helen Mirren". Even more chuckles, though, came from my friend Catherine's two visits to the Cannes Marché, resulting in these two poster galleries positively heaving with bottom-of-the-barrel commercial desperation. Flick through and relish the bizarro image choices, the unintentionally off-putting taglines, the brilliance of "Don't Burn!" as an actual film title, and Catherine's genius comments to the side. Comedy gold.

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