Audacious Cannes Opener ‘Annette’ Is No Crowdpleaser

Cannes is back, in slightly altered form.

It’s hotter in July.

Crowds are smaller, hotels are not full, nor are the screenings in the market; many of the usual attendees stayed home, from top critics from the New York and Los Angeles Times and IMDb chief Col Needham to Sony Pictures Classics co-president Tom Bernard (his partner Michael Barker made the trip).Supplying Tuesday’s opening night glamor to the tapis rouge were Jessica Chastain, returning to the Croisette ten years after “Tree of Life”; French-speaker Jodie Foster, sheathed in white with her wife on her arm, who graciously accepted a Palme d’Or life achievement award 45 years after the Cannes debut of “Taxi Driver”; and “Parasite” Palme d’Or and Oscar-winner winner Bong Joon Ho, who said, “Seeing you all here, I have the impression there hasn’t been a break; maybe the festival had a break, but cinema never stopped.

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