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Worst: 'Grace of Monaco' returns us to the days of terrible Cannes openers
For a long time, it was an unwritten rule of festival programming that the opening film had to be a stinker -- particularly at Cannes, where the likes of "The Da Vinci Code" and "Vatel" made everything that played in the ensuing days look a bit better by comparison. But in recent years, that trend appeared to have been reversed: "Midnight in Paris" and "Moonrise Kingdom" were both warmly received by critics and audiences, and even last year's "The Great Gatsby" wasn't the bomb many were anticipating. "Grace of Monaco," however, was a full-scale disaster, a potential camp classic picked for its red-carpet assets alone. The selection is even more embarrassing when you consider the recent opening films of the rival European fests to which Cannes claims its superiority: Venice got "Gravity," while Berlin got "The Grand Budapest Hotel." Aside from starting with "Gra," the Grace Kelly biopic could not compete in any way, making Cannes look oddly behind the curve.
- Guy Lodge
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