Festival in Cannes (2002)



Critic Consensus: One of Jaglom's better films, Festival in Cannes is an enjoyable insider's take on the movie industry.

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A behind-the-scenes-look at the flamboyant madness surrounding the Cannes Film Festival, the world's premiere film event. The luxurious gathering serves as a backdrop to the desperate, needy, funny, alternately glamorous and duplicitous world of the international movie business.
PG-13 (for brief strong language)
Comedy , Drama
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Anouk Aimée
as Millie Marquand
Greta Scacchi
as Alice Palmer
Maximilian Schell
as Viktor Kovner
Ron Silver
as Rick Yorkin
Zack Norman
as Kaz Naiman
Vernon Dobtcheff
as Millie's Escort
Pamela Shaw
as Millie's Agent
Christian Rallo
as Fan in Crowd
J.C. Irondelle
as General Manager Hotel du Cap
Marya Kazakova
as T.V. Interviewer
Sabrina Marie Jaglom
as Child Watching Blue
Simon Orson Jaglom
as Child Watching Blue
Louise Stratten
as Milo's Girlfriend
Robert Shaye
as Bert Shuster
Faye Dunaway
as Herself
Jeff Goldblum
as Himself
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Critic Reviews for Festival in Cannes

All Critics (54) | Top Critics (22)

In the end, we don't see enough of Cannes and maybe too much of Kaz. But you have to accept or reject Jaglom as you might a walk on the Croisette, taking the bitter with the sweet.

July 20, 2002
Chicago Tribune
Top Critic

A picture as charmingly insubstantial as the world it invokes.

Full Review… | July 12, 2002
Globe and Mail
Top Critic

At its best ... Festival in Cannes bubbles with the excitement of the festival in Cannes.

April 25, 2002
Orlando Sentinel
Top Critic

One of [Jaglom's] better efforts -- a wry and sometime bitter movie about love.

Full Review… | April 12, 2002
San Francisco Chronicle
Top Critic

Jaglom has never been required viewing, but he has never been this trivial, either.

April 5, 2002
Miami Herald
Top Critic

The locale ... remains far more interesting than the story at hand.

March 29, 2002
Washington Post
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Festival in Cannes

A behind-the-scenes look at the madness that is Cannes, the film follows several people who are in town to make the deal that will keep their careers afloat. There is an actress, turned script writer (Gretchen Scachi) trying to sell her script. There is the aging actress (Anouk Aimee) who hasn't had a leading role in some time. There is her ex-husband (Maximilian Schell), a director who hasn't helmed a film in almost as long, in town with his Italian starlet girlfriend. And a big-budget Hollywood producer (Ron Silver) who has been tasked with signing the aging actress to a bit part in order to land the big names that will carry the film. In the process, old lovers reunite, players get played, and new lovers find one another. Given the insincerity of everyone's shtick, one has to wonder which of these pairings are destined to survive the week. The film is awash with familiar faces, and some not so familiar. It appears to have been shot during an actual week of the famous Cannes Film Festival, and derives a certain authenticity from that. A very well-done, entertaining piece that may not bring world peace, but it does manage to keep one chuckling for a little over an hour and a half.

Mark Abell
Mark Abell

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[left][color=#ffffff]Long-winded, martini-dry Henry Jaglom comedy pokes fun at the Hollywood scene, [/color][color=#ffffff]only without any vigor or depth. For better show biz satire, see Robert Altman's "The Player" instead.[/color][/left]

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