Best and Worst films of Cannes 2013
Worst: 'A Castle in Italy'
Director: Valeria Bruni-Tedeschi
Stars: Valeria Bruni-Tedeschi, Louis Garrel
Why: For the second straight year, the lack of woman directors in the running for the Palme d'Or was a point of some controversy -- particularly with the likes of Claire Denis, Sofia Coppola and Clio Barnard restricted to the sidebars with Competition-worthy films. So the one female-directed film to crack the lineup (one more than last year) must have been pretty special, right? Wrong. Valeria Bruni-Tedeschi's intolerably smug, laugh-free dramedy about the tough travails of Italy's One Percent (don't you just hate it when you have to sell your priceless Brueghel?) seems to have been included ironically as a kind of cinematic answer to chick-lit: it plays like "Bridget Jones: I Am Love," though not half as interesting as that sounds. Women deserve better. We all do, actually.
- Guy Lodge