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. ”
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…
— Ramin Setoodeh (@RaminSetoodeh) July 8, 2021