Wednesday, April 24, 2024

Cannes: Matt Damon Stars in “Stillwater” from “Spotlight” Oscar Director Tom McCarthy Gets Raves, Standing Ovation

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Standing by for the official reviews…

Tom McCarthy’s “Stillwater” played out of competition tonight in Cannes and got a 5 minute standing ovation. A real one. McCarthy directed “Spotlight” to an Oscar a couple of years ago.

Early word is that Matt Damon is sensational as an American who comes to Marseille, Frances to find his daughter, played by Abigail Breslin. Camille Cottin, of “Call Your Agent,” is featured.

Is this Matt Damon’s chance for an Oscar as Best Actor? That’s the word. I’m all for that. His personal notices so far are through the roof. IndieWire: “Damon’s performance is graced with a quiet softness that offsets the sheer volume of the character he’s playing, and the light comedy of the well-intentioned culture clashes between he and his new roommates is so endearing that you almost forget the tragic reason why Bill came to France in the first place. ”

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Variety: … “Damon’s remarkable performance. There’s something caveman-like about the way the actor carries his body, in the scowl on his face and slow drawl of his Southern accent. The character has a temper problem, and from the looks of him, he could tear someone in two — although that might not be advisable in a foreign country.”

keep refreshing for reviews…so far three out of four of the early reviews are excellent. A spy of mine on the ground in Cannes loved it. More to come…

Roger Friedman
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Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.
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