Best and Worst films of Cannes 2013
Best: 'Blue Is the Warmest Colour'
Director: Abdellatif Kechiche
Stars: Adele Exarchopoulos, Lea Seydoux
Why: Cannes has produced a solid run of Palme d'Or winners in recent years, but this is the first time since I began attending the festival that I agreed with the jury on the best film in Competition. French-Tunisian filmmaker Abdellatif Kechiche (best known in the US for 2007's "The Secret of the Grain") has devoted his career to proving that relationship stories don't have to be small-scale to be personal, and his exquisitely wrought latest is truly an intimate epic: a three-hour study of a young girl's first lesbian romance, told with humour, heartache, unabashed eroticism and a stunning breakout performance from teen lead Adele Exarchopoulos. If you're daunted by the length, don't be: though the focus is more on character growth and social texture than story, this was also the most enjoyable and immersive film I saw at Cannes.
- Guy Lodge