Cannes 2022: We’ve Seen David Cronenberg’s Return to Horror, Bac Nord’s Director’s New Film and a Korean Romantic Thriller

“November” by Cédric Jimenez. “Decision to Leave” by Park Chan-wook. And, above all, “The Crimes of the Future” by David Cronenberg. Busy program for this new day of the Cannes Film Festival.

Was the weekend rich in movies and parties, but poor in sleep for festival-goers? Count on the schedule for this Monday, May 23 to wake them up! This would also be done on purpose so as not to surprise us more than that. And the day was marked in particular by the great return of David Cronenberg: on the Croisette and on the “body horror” of which he is one of the kings.

Worn by Viggo Mortensen, Léa Seydoux and Kristen Stewart, Les Crimes du futur has everything to be the shock of this 75th edition. In short, 2022’s Titanium, which would be a fair return, so obvious is David Cronenberg’s influence on Julia Ducournau.

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Another event, shown to the press on Monday, the 23rd, after an official presentation the night before: November. A year after his visit to Cannes, marked above all by a memorable press conference, Cédric Jimenez is back. Still out of competition and with a recent true story, as the feature film recalls the few days of tracking after the November 13, 2015 attacks.

To end the filmmakers’ shock, Park Chan-wook has signed his return to business and film, after a six-year absence interrupted by the filming of the miniseries The Little Drummer Girl. As in Mademoiselle, it is about sexual and police tension, as Decision to Leave tells the investigation of a police officer who falls in love with the main suspect in a murder. Is it palm time for Korean?

Future Crimes by David Cronenberg (Official Competition)

Metropolitan FilmExport

He wasn’t sure if he would ever make movies again. However, 8 years after the presentation of Maps to the Stars in 2014 – still in Cannes -, David Cronenberg come back. This time, no film noir or psychoanalytic drama, but a science fiction story about the body, its evolution and a future where pain no longer exists. Inside The crimes of the futuredrives – for the fourth time – Viggo Mortensen, who plays Saul, an extreme performance artist who has his organs removed in public. Without a doubt, we are at Cronenberg’s.

As always with the filmmaker, it is not a matter of shocking gratuitously, but of questioning the spectator about the world around him. The story, of immense wealth, is full of subjects: extreme art and its liberating power, the search for freedom, but also the state of a world at the end of life left in the hands of a young generation already condemned. From his opening scene, David Cronenberg challenges.

He surrounds himself with his two most faithful collaborators, Viggo Mortensen – excellent and magnetic in his performance visionary role – but also Howard Shore, who composes great music. Léa Seydouxwho enters the “Cronenbergian” world, impresses, infusing her role with just the right amount of sweetness and mystery.

The 79-year-old director manages once again to surprise with a film that deserves several views. A modern, sulfurous and necessarily transgressive proposal. We need this.

Thomas Desroches

November by Cédric Jimenez (Out of Competition)


After the huge success of Bac Nord, Cedric Jimenez is back with a beefy new thriller on an even more powerful and delicate subject. November dates back, as its name suggests, to the attacks of November 13, 2015, which shook France, and more particularly to the police services deployed on that tragic night and in the days that followed.

The film follows the never-before-seen hunt by the PJ’s anti-terrorist sub-direction (the Sdat) to find and eliminate those responsible for the massacre. We are thus immersed in the various specialized teams that worked tirelessly to locate the terrorist cell at the origin of the attacks. For his fifth feature film, Cédric Jimenez proves once again that he is a master at directing crime films and November exudes urgency, breathtaking pace and adrenaline.

He doesn’t forget to be so touching, for his theme obviously, but also for some of his characters, in particular those of Lyna Khoudri and Anaïs Demoustier, impressive in their precision and humanity. The two actresses bring a lot of thickness to a film, certainly dotted with certain moments of emotion, but ultimately very factual and cold in what counts.

Megane Choquet

Decision to leave by Park Chan-wook (Competition)

Bac Films

Six years after Mademoiselle, Park Chan Wook is finally back at the Cannes Film Festival and comes back with a delicious and incredible proposal. your new movie, decision to leave, follows the investigation of Hae-Joon, a seasoned detective, into the suspicious death of a man that occurred on top of a mountain. His encounter with Sore, the deceased’s mysterious Chinese wife, will destabilize him to the point that he will suspect her at the same time she attracts him.

The South Korean writer-director revels in this new film blending impossible romance and dark suspense and delivers smart, heady entertainment by summoning Alfred Hitchcock and David Fincher. The meticulous, precise and playful staging of Decision To Leave reflects the burlesque, sentimental and tragic love game between this investigator and this suspect, embodied by the excellent Park Hae-il and Tang Wei.

Thanks to a finely written script, which leaves no detail to chance, we are quickly taken by this elegant and funny story, which dissects the intense feeling of love, the one that turns into obsessive passion and consumes us from the inside. This novel inscribed in a thriller, with magnetic photography and an exquisite soundtrack, takes on a whole new dimension and quickly becomes thrilling when it’s impossible and always subject to twists and turns.

Megane Choquet

The Five Devils by Léa Mysius (Directors Fortnight)

F Comme Film – Trois Brigands Productions

Five years after her first film Ava, Léa Mysius completely changed her setting and swapped the beach and sand for the mountains and forest in Les Cinq Diables. The screenwriter and director who collaborated with Arnaud Desplechin, Jacques Audiard and Claire Denis, tells in her second feature a story of family and frustrated love mixing drama and cinematographic genre.

With scenarios conducive to the fantastic and enhanced by 35mm film, which brings thickness, warmth and an almost magical texture, Léa Mysius offers her characters a mystical and complex aura. The Five Devils tells how Vicky, a strange and lonely young woman, will use her overdeveloped olfactory faculties to transport herself into the memories of her family, her village and her very existence as the arrival of her aunt upsets everything in her balance. unconditional love for her mother Joanne.

In addition to a disturbing atmosphere perfectly framed with images that stay in the memory, Léa Mysius claims a more political purpose by highlighting the invisible and the oppressed. She also questions racism, fear of the other, fear of madness and homophobia in this suffocating and moralizing village that reinforced the unease of its inhabitants, but which also saw love reborn from its ashes. Special mentions to Adèle Exarchopoulos, still so magnetic, and to Sally Drame, a real revelation.

Megane Choquet

Jerry Lee Lewis: Trouble in Mind by Ethan Coen (special screenings)

A24 Films

Don’t call them the Coen brothers anymore. For now, at least. While Joel signed, solo and in black and white, an adaptation of Macbeth put online on Apple TV+ earlier this year, it’s Ethan’s turn to go it alone. With a rock documentary dedicated to Jerry Lee Lewis, one of the last living legends.

Played by Dennis Quaid in a feature film released in 1989, Jerry Lee Lewis is as famous for his songs and his frenetic performances as he was when he made headlines by marrying his 13-year-old cousin. So many aspects of his career and his life that the feature film, entitled Trouble in Mind, does not spare, in particular giving prominence to excerpts from interviews in which the main interested party reacted to the facts.

If the character would have a place in the Coen brothers’ filmography, for his humor and colorful side, the documentary could disappoint connoisseurs, who won’t learn much from him. But it’s funny to see that the feature film serves as a link between two of the films in the selection: Elvis, since the King is mentioned by the Assassin (as well as his manager Tom Parker, played by Tom Hanks in Baz Luhrmann). And Top Gun Maverick, because Miles Teller covers “Great Balls of Fire,” a Jerry Lee Lewis tube that Anthony Edwards played in the first opus.

Maximilien Pierrette

The Super 8 Years (Directors’ Fortnight)

“In reviewing our super eight films made between 1972 and 1981, it occurred to me that these were not only a family archive, but also a testament to the tastes, hobbies, lifestyle and aspirations of a social class during the decade following 1968. . silent images, I wanted to integrate them into a story at the crossroads of history, the social as well as the intimate, using my personal diary from those years there.” – Annie Ernaux

The Directors’ Fortnight offered its viewers a real nugget: the first film directed by Annie Ernaux, with her son David Ernaux-Briot. Super 8 Years seems to open a time capsule, with its archives showing the life of a family 50 years ago. Annie Ernaux’s voice and words accompany all these images, so intimate, but at the same time so universal, witnesses of an era. We smile, we get emotional. And for Annie Ernaux’s readers, this documentary is exciting because it shows her life as she was about to be published for the first time. Release: December 14, 2022.

Brigitte Baronet

The Worst (Un Certain Regard)

Pyramid distribution

Filming will take place quoted Picasso in Boulogne-Sur-Mer in northern France. During the casting, four teenagers, Lily, Ryan, Maylis and Jessy are chosen to play the film. In the neighborhood, everyone is surprised: why did you only take “the worst”?

Les Pires is the first feature film by Lise Akoka and Romane Gueret, noted with the short film Chasse royale (awarded at the Quinzaine des Réalisateurs in 2016) and with the series Would you rather for Art. Les Pires is in tune with these previous projects, with again this mise en abyme of filming a footage, inviting viewers behind the scenes of a creation.

With their realistic, moving camera approach, the director duo adopts the codes of social cinema, such as the cinema of the Dardenne brothers. There is a lot of life, sometimes happy, sometimes more dramatic scenes. We quickly become attached to these characters and young actors that they bring to the fore. The distribution also includes Johan Heldenbergh, seen in particular in Alabama Monroe. Released: November 23, 2022.

Brigitte Baronet

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