2023 Cannes Film Festival Reviews: Killers of the Flower Moon, Indiana Jones

The 2023 Cannes Film Festival is jam-packed with buzzy world premieres, from Martin Scorsese’s “Killers of the Flower Moon” to Wes Anderson’s “Asteroid City.” Todd Haynes can be again to unveil “May December,” that includes the A-list pairing of Natalie Portman and Julianne Moore, whereas Disney is bringing Harrison Ford to the Croisette for “Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny.” New movies from Pedro Almodovar, Jessica Hautner, Jonathan Glazer, Catherine Corsini, Hirokazu Kore-eda and extra are additionally set to make their debuts at Cannes this 12 months.

Cannes is commonly seen as a launching pad for Oscar season. Warner Bros. in 2022 kicked off its prolonged awards run for Baz Luhrmann’s “Elvis” on the French Riviera, with the movie occurring to land eight Academy Award nominations, together with greatest image. Palme d’Or winner “Triangle of Sadness” additionally picked up Oscar nods for greatest image, director and unique screenplay. Two worldwide movie nominees, “Close” and “EO,” launched eventually 12 months’s pageant, whereas “Aftersun” greatest actor nominee Paul Mescal received his awards begin within the Directors Fortnight sidebar. All of that is to say the business shall be carefully watching the thrill on all of this 12 months’s world premieres.

See all of Variety’s evaluate from the 2023 Cannes Film Festival under. The roundup shall be up to date every day to incorporate the newest batch of opinions. Reviews introduced in alphabetical order following the opening evening choice.

Jeanne du Barry

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Section: Opening Night Film/Out of Competition

Director: Maïwenn

Cast: Maïwenn, Johnny Depp, Benjamin Lavernhe, Pierre Richard, Melvil Poupaud, Pascal Greggory,

Variety’s Review: French actor-director Maïwenn can relate, casting herself because the courtesan-turned-comtesse in “Jeanne du Barry,” a delicate and surprisingly low-key portrait of the French monarch’s final mistress. That Maïwenn noticed match to have interaction tabloid-embattled Johnny Depp as ‘her king’ is simply one of many many hurdles she set for herself — however then, nobody embarks on such a undertaking with the intention of pleasing her critics. – Peter Debruge

About Dry Glasses

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Section: Competition

Director: Nuri Bilge Ceylan. 

Cast: Deni̇z Celi̇loğlu, Merve Di̇zdar, Musab Eki̇ci̇, Ece Bağci

Variety’s Review: “About Dry Grasses,” his lengthy, languid however slowly charming ninth function, is merely his newest work to look at man’s proper, for higher or worse, to be egocentric, to be an anti-hero, to crave consideration and isolation suddenly, and to speak about all of it evening lengthy. – Guy Lodge

Anatomy of a Fall

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Section: Competition

Director: Justine Triet.

Cast: Sandra Hüller, Swann Arlaud, Milo Machado Graner, Antoine Reinartz

Variety’s Review: Depending on the place you come down on the query of its major character’s guilt or innocence, Justine Triet’s “Anatomy of a Fall” may very well be seen as a type of “Gone Girl” in reverse: A pissed off author dies of suspicious causes, forsaking clues that implicate his spouse (Sandra Hüller). – Peter Debruge


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Section: Special Screenings

Director: Wim Wenders

Variety’s Review: Not sufficient administrators have capitalized on the flexibility of 3D to convey a way of bodily depth; fewer nonetheless have seized on the opportunity of including philosophical depth. Thank goodness, then, for Wim Wenders. The first of two new movies by the German veteran on this 12 months’s Cannes official choice, “Anselm” is a tour de power 3D 6K portrait of the artist Anselm Kiefer, each wealthy in concepts and breathtaking in technical execution. – Catherine Bray

Black Flies

Section: Competition

Director: Jean-Stéphane Sauvaire.

Cast: Sean Penn, Tye Sheridan, Gbenga Akkinagbe, Raquel Nave

Variety’s Review: In “Black Flies,” a film that retains working to get excessive by itself depth, Sean Penn and Tye Sheridan play paramedics who spend their nights driving by means of hell (I imply, Brooklyn). There are numerous photographs of the 2 of their EMS van, using alongside below the tracks of an overhead subway practice — the precise type of grungy Brooklyn boulevard that Popeye Doyle went smashing by means of within the well-known “French Connection” automobile/subway chase. – Owen Gleiberman

Bread and Roses

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Section: Special Screenings

Director: Sahra Mani

Cast: Zahra Mohammadi, Taranom Seyedi, Sharifa Movahidzadeh

Variety’s Review: Produced by Jennifer Lawrence, this movie tackles an pressing and well timed matter by means of a dedicated on-the-ground perspective, capturing the expertise of three individuals, Zahra, Taranom and Sharifa, whose lives as they knew them had been successfully ended when the Taliban seized management of Kabul in 2021. – Catherine Bray


Section: Competition

Director: Karim Aïnouz

Cast: Alicia Vikander, Jude Law, Simon Russell Beale, Eddie Marsan

Variety’s Review: Art-house darling Karim Aïnouz’s English-language debut appears disconnected from his earlier work (‘Invisible Life,’ ‘Futuro Beach’), bringing a up to date agenda to its depiction of Katherine Parr. – Peter Debruge

The (Ex)perience of Love

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Section: Critics’ Week

Director: Ann Sirot

Cast: Lucie Debay, Lazare Gousseau, Florence Loiret Caille

Variety’s Review: It’s maybe not a movie that might maintain a vastly longer working time, however at simply 89 minutes, this can be a candy and kooky comedy that is aware of how to not out-stay its welcome. It’s straightforward to think about a bigger-budget American remake hitting Sundance in a few years. – Catherine Bray

Four Daughters

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Section: Competition

Director: Kaouther Ben Hania

Cast: Hend Sabri, Olfa Hamrouni, Eya Chikhaoui, Tayssir Chikhaoui

Variety’s Review: “Four Daughters” could function higher on a scene-to-scene foundation than as a holistic narrative, however inside these particular person scenes there are plosive little puffs of perception which might be typically provocative, typically shifting, and typically, unexpectedly, very humorous. – Jessica Kiang

Godard par Godard

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Section: Cannes Classics

Direction: Florence Platarets

Variety’s Review: All of which feels like a kind of Cannes–solely particular occasions, however au contraire: This is a program that was meant to be seen by the world at massive, and hopefully will probably be distributed that method. It’s an homage that invitations us to look again, with fond fascination, on all of the cinema Godard gave us, and on who he actually was. – Owen Gleiberman

The Goldman Case

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Section: Director’s Fortnight

Director: Cédric Kahn

Cast: Arieh Worthalter, Arthur Harari, Stéphan Guérin-Tillié, Nicolas Briançon, Aurélien Chaussade

Variety’s Review: In “The Goldman Case,” Cédric Kahn’s formally restrained however in the end electrifying dramatization of a trial that gripped and divided France in 1976, that canny inconsistency is however one surprising fold in a courtroom drama that finds equal intrigue in authorized order and human chaos. – Guy Lodge


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Section: Competition

Director: Catherine Corsini

Cast: Suzy Bemba, Esther Gohourou, Aïssatou Diallo Sagna, Lomane de Dietrich

Variety’s Review: For all of the secrets and techniques and lies that form the narrative of Catherine Corsini’s straightforwardly instructed however persistently intriguing new movie, its most attention-grabbing tensions usually emerge from issues its characters already know, even when they haven’t acknowledged them out loud. – Guy Lodge

Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny


Section: Out of Competition

Director: James Mangold

Cast: Harrison Ford, Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Antonio Banderas, John Rhys-Davies, Toby Jones, Boyd Holbrook, Mads Mikkelsen

Variety’s Review: “Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny” is a dutifully keen however in the end moderately joyless piece of nostalgic hokum. It’s the fifth installment of the “Indiana Jones” franchise, and although it has its quota of “relentless” motion, it hardly ever tries to match (not to mention high) the ingeniously staged kinetic bravura of “Raiders of the Lost Ark.” – Owen Gleiberman

Killers of the Flower Moon

Killers of the Flower Moon

Section: Competition

Director: Martin Scorsese

Cast: Leonardo DiCaprio, Robert De Niro, Lily Gladstone

Variety’s Review: “Killers of the Flower Moon” isn’t an epic movement image a lot as a miniseries. Nothing improper with that, besides it’s meant for the large display screen — the place Apple has dedicated to launch it this fall. Closer to 2 hours, “Killers” would make a killing, whereas longer than “The Longest Day,” most people will wait to look at at house. – Peter Debruge

May December

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Section: Competition

Director: Todd Haynes

Cast: Julianne Moore, Natalie Portman, Charles Melton

Variety’s Review: From the wealthy Douglas Sirkian pastiche of “Far From Heaven” to the queer twist on classical “woman’s pictures” supplied by “Carol,” his type may be chilly and distancing. Not so “May December.” As layered and infinitely open-to-interpretation as any of his movies, it’s additionally probably the most beneficiant and direct. – Peter Debruge


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Section: Competition

Director: Hirokazu Kore-eda

Cast: Mugino Saori, Hori Michitoshi, Mugino Minato, Hoshikawa Yori, Fushimi Makiko.

Variety’s Review: A tricksy timeline and the selective unveiling of essential data retains audiences from guessing the place this convoluted portrait of a pre-teen in turmoil may be headed. – Peter Debruge

The Nature of Love

Fred Gervais

Section: Un Certain Regard

Director: Monia Chokri

Cast: Magalie Lépine-Blondeau, Pierre-Yves Cardinal, Francis-William Rhéaume

Variety’s Review: An attractive, humorous deal with, Chokri’s third function communicates some house truths about need and familiarity, however not on the expense of comedy…The movie is impeccably solid. As Sophia, Magalie Lépine Blondeau is fantastic, gifted with nice comedian timing and a selected knack for telegraphing that sense of somebody who is aware of they’re making an enormous mistake, however are compelled to go forward and make it anyway. – Catherine Bray

The New Boy

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Section: Un Certain Regard

Director: Warwick Thornton

Cast: Aswan Reid, Cate Blanchett, Deborah Mailman, Wayne Blair,

Variety’s Review: Inspired by Thornton’s personal expertise of rising up as an Aboriginal boy in a Christian boarding faculty, that is formidable, tonally tough filmmaking, bringing an surprising dose of caprice to social pursuits extra austerely explored in Thornton’s glorious earlier options “Samson and Delilah” and “Sweet Country.” – Guy Lodge

Occupied City

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Section: Special Screenings

Director: Steve McQueen

Variety’s Review: When it was introduced that McQueen could be directing his first documentary function, and that it might deal with the topic of the Holocaust, coping with the victims of the Nazi occupation of Amsterdam (town the place McQueen now lives), my anticipation took the type of pondering: How, with a director of McQueen’s talent and creativeness and gravity, might this be lower than fascinating? But “Occupied City,” it’s my unhappy responsibility to report, is an effective deal lower than fascinating. I’ll be blunt: The movie is a trial to sit down by means of, and you are feeling that from nearly the opening moments. – Owen Gleiberman

Strange Way of Life

Strange Way of Life
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Section: Special Screenings

Director: Pedro Almodóvar

Cast: Ethan Hawke, Pedro Pascal, Pedro Casablanc, Manu Ríos

Variety’s Review: Commissioned by Saint Laurent Productions (which can be premiering a Jean-Luc Godard quick at Cannes), this half-baked half-hour serves as an attractive showcase for artistic director Anthony Vaccarello’s newest designs, whereas barely delivering on the promise that an Almodóvar-made “gay cowboy” film conjures within the creativeness. – Peter Debruge

The Sweet East

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Section: Directors’ Fortnight

Director: Sean Price Williams.

Cast: Talia Ryder, Simon Rex, Earl Cave, Jacob Elordi, Jeremy O Harris, Ayo Edebiri

Variety’s Review: Festival opinions simply like to hype a breakout efficiency, to the extent that one worries about turning into the little critic that cried breakout. But right here goes: Talia Ryder, lead actor in “The Sweet East,” is a star. There’s one thing of Kristen Stewart about her, not merely by way of bodily resemblance, however extra in her reward for not simply appearing however reacting. – Catherine Bray

The Zone of Interest

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Section: Competition

Director: Jonathan Glazer

Cast: Christian Friedel, Sandra Hüller, Medusa Knopf, Daniel Holzberg

Variety’s Review: It’s a exceptional movie — chilling and profound, meditative and immersive, a film that holds human darkness as much as the sunshine and examines it as if below a microscope. In a way, it’s a film that performs off our voyeurism, our curiosity to see the unseeable. Yet it does so with a bracing originality. – Owen Gleiberman

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