Cannes Film Festival 2024: Opening Film: Tuesday, 14 May: The Second Act (2024)(Le deuxième acte)

The Second Act: Léa Seydoux Stars in Quentin Dupieux’s Funny, Button-Pushing Cannes Opener


by Alexa Dalby

The Second Act

CAUTION: Here be spoilers

Red carpet


What the critics say


The Second Act is probably his strongest film yet, and certainly the first that could stir up any controversy. Not only is the script cleverly written, but the cinematography, including four epically long tracking shots, and the editing, which times all the jokes perfectly, are well-mastered. – Hollywood Reporter

“Layered, Bubbly Film World Meta-Fest” – Deadline Hollywood

“..likable meta comedy of actors’ private lives…soufflé of self-awareness…” – Guardian

“Dupieux Deconstructs Cinema” –

“Promises more than it delivers” – Screen International

The Second Act premiered at the Cannes Film Festival on 14 May 2024. International sales: Kinology

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