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76th Cannes Film Festival: The Palm of suspicion and guilt!

27 May 2023 News   6685  

At the end of a selection marked by a majority of films dealing with the duality of suspicion / guilt, the Palme d’Or at the 76th Cannes Film Festival went to ‘‘Anatomy of a Fall’’, a French family drama which dissects the mechanisms of suspicion (and the resulting guilt) weighing on a wife after the (accidental?) defenestration of her husband.

By Atmane Tazaghart and Nicolas Chene

Thus, the director Justine Triet enters the annals of the Croisette for having won the tenth French Palme d’Or and the third for women, 30 years after ‘‘The piano’’ by New Zealander Jane Campion, and two years after ‘‘Titane’’ by his compatriot Julia Ducournau, member of the Jury this year.


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This same theme of suspicion and guilt was present this year in several films competing for the Palme d’Or, notably in ‘‘The Pot-au-feu’’ by Tran Anh Hùng (Grand Prix), in ‘‘Monster’’ by Hirokazu Kore-eda (Best Screenplay), in ‘‘About Dry Grasses’’ by Nuri Bilge Ceylan (Best Performance by an Actress, for Merve Dizdar), in ‘‘Black Flies’’ by Jean-Stéphane Sauvaire and ‘‘Home Coming’’ by Catherine Corsini, two of the great omissions of the Winners’ list.

Already selected in competition at Cannes in 2019, for ‘‘Sybil’’, Justine Triet has stood out from the other films in competition dealing with the same theme, thanks to a very dense scenario (co-written with Arthur Harari) which mixes family psycho drama, thriller with twists and masterfully staged closed-door trial film.