We were headed to watch Pedro Almodovar’s ’Broken Embraces’, having talked, debated and fought over ’Antichrist’ for all of yesterday and the morning. Was it a good film or a stupid one? I liked it. I mention the movie again because it really has changed the mood of the Cannes crowd.
And if you’ve been following my blog posts from Cannes,you know why.
Coming to ’Broken Embraces’ now. The plot centres on a woman, married to an old millionaire.
She wants to make it as a movie star and goes out of her way to make her dream come true. Eventually she meets a director whom she falls in love. The millionaire husband, jealous and livid, tries to kill her and the director. Does he succeed? Does she become a star? I won’t reveal the end, of course.
”Broken Embraces” to my mind was a lukewarm movie, especially considering that it came from the director of ’All About My Mother’ and ’Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown’. The audience didn’t respond enthusiastically at all. But the film is still worth a watch for Penelope Cruz, who plays the lead. She gives the part a tragic, beautiful and enchanting edge. The red carpet performance of the movie was also evocative and powerful: Almodovar and his muse, Penelope, hugged, kissed and pouted for the camera before the screening.
It wasn’t a very special day in terms of energy, but I look forward to what’s coming up. The Cannes festival is known to spring surprises in the last few days. I say this while waiting to get into the theatre to watch Quentin Tarantino’s new film, ’Inglorious Bastard’.
But before that, a quick, personal Top-3...My three favourite movies so far have been:
’Bright Star’ by Jane Campion
’A Prophet’ by Jacque Audiard
’Fish Tank’ by Andre Arnold.
Remember them when you order your next round of DVDs.
Sunil Doshi is a Mumbai-based producer, film curator, and director of NDTV Lumiere. He is a guest of honour at the Producer’s Network at Festival de Cannes this year