Tag: Marion Cotillard

  • Desplechin’s “Ismael’s Ghosts” Keeps Adding More, More, More

    At the climax of The Muppets Take Manhattan, that redoubtable producer Kermit the Frog realizes at last what his Broadway show has been missing right up to the night of its premiere. It just needs “more frogs and dogs and bears and chickens and whatever!” A similar fervor seems to have gripped Arnaud Desplechin, though […]

  • NYFF: The Dardennes’ Two Days, One Night Offers Piercing Ethical Drama

    This latest assured gem from Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne recalls the work of their spiritual ancestor Robert Bresson in its rigorous examination of a simple moral dilemma. In a rural French town wracked by economic tough times, Sandra (Marion Cotillard, in a tour-de-force performance) learns that, having just returned to her job at a solar […]

  • Six Movies to Watch For from Cannes

    Stephanie Zacharek has been reporting online from the Cannes Film Festival. For much more, including a couple daft cartoons she drew, visit Stephanie Zacharek at Cannes Film Festival. Foxcatcher Even if Steve Carell’s performance in Bennett Miller’s Foxcatcher — a terrific one — ends up being the most lauded in the film, what Channing Tatum […]

  • Cannes Report: Don’t Say Marion Cotillard is “Too Pretty” for Two Days, One Night

    #492425863 / gettyimages.com Marion Cotillard, the star of the Dardenne Brothers’ competition film Two Days, One Night, showed up for the photo call on Tuesday in a mini-dress encrusted with a riot of buttons, a whimsical and rather adorable choice for an actress who, on-screen just a few minutes earlier, had made many of us […]

  • The Immigrant Feels Classical But Also Breathes

    In 2014, any filmmaker who has a feel, and a flair, for romantic melodrama is doomed, and just one recent example from the world of blockbusters suggests why: In the final moments of The Amazing Spider-Man 2, the hero tragically fails to save a major character, but the moment, coming after endless green-screen shots of […]

  • Cannes: Marion Cotillard Shines in James Gray’s The Immigrant

    You know those two little lines you get in your forehead when you frown? The ones that, if you frown too much, stick there for good? The French have a name for that: “the lion wrinkle.” And by the 10th day of Cannes, there are a lot of lion wrinkles visible among critics and journalists […]

  • Boxing Cotillard: Rust and Bone Dismembers Cinema’s Beauty of the Moment

    To paraphrase Oscar Wilde, one must have a heart of stone to watch Jacques Audiard’s outrageous melodrama Rust and Bone without laughing. Loosely adapted from two works in Craig Davidson’s 2005 short story collection of the same name, Rust and Bone finds Audiard returning to the overdetermined characters and swift redemption of his last film, […]

  • Sparrow, Size Small

    Theaters love musicals with small casts: They save by paying fewer actors and make money in the ticket sales that musicals usually draw. I therefore have little doubt that Piaf: Love Conquers All will go on to bigger, brighter venues—after starting in the New York Fringe Festival, it’s already been invited to this FringeNYC Encore […]

  • Every Rose Has Its Thorn

    Uplifted beyond its merits by a stunning performance from Marion Cotillard, the humdrum biopic of Edith Piaf, La Vie En Rose, jogs obligingly along with Piaf the legend rather than the woman. It’s not hard to do, given the fuzzy borders between Piaf’s undeniably scarred life and her relentless gift for revisionist autobiography. By any […]

  • Being Edith

    I’d last seen Marion Cotillard in La Vie En Rose, director Olivier Dahan’s film about the life of the great French singer Edith Piaf. Born in destitution on the streets of Paris, Piaf reached the summits of artistic achievement and international celebrity before dying of cancer at age 47, her body wracked by decades of […]