Best and Worst films of Cannes 2013
Best: 'The Selfish Giant'
Director: Clio Barnard
Stars: Conner Chapman, Shaun Thomas
Why: There are always one or two from the lower-profile Directors' Fortnight strand at Cannes that really the critics chattering. British director Barnard's second feature was one of them this year -- though having seen it in advance of the fest, I had a strong hunch it would be. A devastating urban drama, very loosely inspired by the Oscar Wilde fairy tale, this story of an uncontrollable teenage boy learning some tough life lessons as he leaves school and falls in with a corrupt scrap-metal dealer, it agitated my tear ducts more than any other film at Cannes -- and boasts a swaggering debut performance from 12-year-old natural Conner Chapman. The film has critics likening Barnard to Andrea Arnold and Lynne Ramsay, though the tone reminded me most of a darker Shane Meadows.
- Guy Lodge