Cannes Film Festival 2019: Day 10
Now showing...by Alexa Dalby
CAUTION: Here be spoilers
The grueling second part of Abdellatif Kechiche’s summer-lovin’ saga aims for symphonic sensualism, but it’s a succession of bum notes… All but plotless at 206 minutes in length, with the first film’s character development deliberately stalled for an overnight study of hedonistic release in a coastal nightclub, Intermezzo is a grinding exercise in low-level cinematic voyeurism that plays a little like Gaspar Noé with all his hallucinogenics confiscated and replaced with Bacardi Breezers. – Variety
Abdellatif Kechiche takes his love story sequel to a nightclub for hot sex, but blows its cinephile credentials in four hours of indulgent sweat… Well, Mektoub My Love: Intermezzo must surely be the most purely experimental film to be shown at this year’s Cannes film festival. It shreds the rulebook about narrative and character development.– The Guardian
There are some show-stopping scenes in Bellocchio’s handsome true-crime movie about mafia informants… Marco Bellocchio’s The Traitor is a big, handsomely shot, true-crime gangster movie, ranging over 30 years from the early 1970s to the late 90s, scripted by Bellocchio with screenwriters Valia Santella, Ludovica Rampoldi and Francesco Piccolo. The film has the authoritative air of official history: sometimes brash, sometimes stolid, sometimes with flashes of inspiration and sometimes with long stretches of courtroom dialogue – Guardian
Mektoub, My Love: Intermezzo, The Traitor and All About Yves premiered in the Cannes Film Festival 2019.