Kult: Cannes scandal drowns in crowd - HVG.hu
Outraged Abdellatif Kechiche's Return to Cannes: Six to Two Years in Adé's Life After the main prize of Chapter III, the Tune-based French director Mektoub, My Love: Intermezzo, was so negatively received at the Thursday night premiere that the starring Ophélie Bau left the room during the screening and the director apologized asked the audience.
Like Kechiche's previous films, the artwork has scandalized many, mainly because the director puts his actresses in vulnerable situations and filmed in an unacceptable way after the Hollywood sex scandals. Masses of spectators left the premiere during the screening.
The three-and-a-half-hour movie - the first of which was invited to the Venice Festival in 2017 - is set in a beachside discotheque in southern France where local youth and Parisians flirting with each other. Dancing is interrupted by just a quarter of an hour of pornographic sex in a washroom.
"Yes, the sex scene is controlled by the woman as she is rarely seen in the cinema. Yes, Kechiche is filming young people as gods, the desire. But I totally reject this film because I only see the brutality of the ghostly gaze," wrote Gwennaelle Masle .
French critic Philippe Rouyer, on the other hand, sees the director opting for a radical solution and filming a "crazy night of desires" in a discotheque congratulating all the actors.
At the end of the gala show at 2 am, the director said, "I'm sorry I kept you here for so long and didn't speak in advance. I'm leaving," then left. When the lights were on, the main character, Ophélie Bau, was no longer sitting, even though she was on the red carpet before the screening with the rest of the cast.
"I tried to show what shakes me, the bodies, the stomachs," Abdellatif Kechiche said at the press conference. "For me, celebrating life, love, desire, pain, music, the body is the most important thing, and to try to show it as freely as possible," he added.
"I'm filming the magic of the body, though not everyone feels the feeling I'm trying to convey," the director emphasized, saying his actors weren't afraid to cross boundaries and step out of their comfort zones on set.
Abdellatif Kechiche's return to the festival was preceded by great anticipation: in 2013, just a few days after the jury of the Golden Palm, Adele was 1-2. Shared for the director and Léa Seydoux and Adele Exarchopoulos, who starred in the film, the two actresses condemned what they considered to be the terrible circumstances of the shooting. An 29-year-old woman has also been recently investigated following allegations of sexual harassment following a complaint by the director, but Abdellatif Kechiche has not yet been heard on the case.