Best and Worst films of Cannes 2013
Best: 'The Immigrant'
Director: James Gray
Stars: Marion Cotillard, Joaquin Phoenix, Jeremy Renner
Why: Though he's a favorite of Cannes programmers, writer-director James Gray is something of an acquired taste: one of the last true classicists in American cinema, his films have a purity of story and sincerity of tone that is boldly unfashionable these days. For fans, however, "The Immigrant" was a sustained swoon of a movie: a rich period melodrama that plays out with the simplicity and emotional heft of classic silent cinema, anchored by a soulful performance from Marion Cotillard, channelling such vintage Hollywood goddesses as Garbo and Gish. Exquisitely shot by Darius Khondji and boasting dazzling designs of New York circa 1921, it may have been the most unreservedly gorgeous film at Cannes this year.
- Guy Lodge