May 22, 2008

Cannes. Adoration.

"Atom Egoyan's Adoration is a fascinating muddle," writes Justin Chang in Variety.

Adoration

"Folding all sorts of post-9/11 questions - about the ethics of terrorism, the deceptiveness of outward appearances, the ways technology can enable dialogue yet hinder the truth - into a very Egoyanesque miasma of elegantly fractured chronology and provocative ideas, this ambitious think-piece ultimately smothers its good intentions in didactic revelations, earnest pleading and incessant violin music."

"Following the failed effort to cross over into conventional, commercially viable film-making with Where The Truth Lies (2005), Canadian auteur Egoyan returns to his signature style with Adoration," writes Howard Feinstein in Screen Daily. "The camera glides at a near-perfect leisurely pace. He blends a rich soundtrack (an excellent, mournful score by Mychael Danna) with elegant sound bridges and sharp, clipped dialogue. And he once again moves gracefully between assorted plotlines. Unfortunately, the stories here are thin, unnecessarily complicated and glibly cryptic; some sections are difficult to follow, even annoying in their self-consciousness."

"Shot on beautifully utilized film but employing images vividly from the Internet and mobile phones, it's an examination of the power that false ideas may have on people's imagination and beliefs when they are repeated over and over," writes Ray Bennett, who goes on to praise the screenplay - and the score.

Competing.

Globe: Adoration

Updates, 5/23: "What's familiar in his 11th feature film (and eighth invited to Cannes) is a kind of storytelling that characterized his films from the mid-90s, such as Exotica and The Sweet Hereafter, which feature a group of people in a kind of post-traumatic state," writes Liam Lacey in the Globe and Mail. "Eventually, through the progression of the narrative and flashbacks, we uncover the web of connections between them.... What's unexpected is a streak of crazy black humour in Adoration." Via Movie City News.

"[T]he topics are life fictions, disemmination of information on the internet (this is in a sense the longest MacBook commercial ever), cultural difference, bigotry, and terrorism," writes Glenn Kenny. "At the heart of the picture, though, is a simpering sanctimony that could well bring out the neo-con you never knew you had in you."

Update, 5/24: "Where The Sweet Hereafter dealt with the impact of guilt and grief in a small community following a tragic school bus accident, in Adoration Egoyan deals with grief and loss on a more personal level, while also blending in ideas about the subjective nature of reality and identity in a technological age," writes Kim Voynar at Cinematical. "In a world where who we are can be invented, reinvented, and broadcast to the world via chat rooms and virtual reality avatars, can we ever really know another person - or even ourselves?"

Update, 5/25: Jay Stone of the CanWest News Service reports that Adoration has won "the ecumenical jury prize - the award given for movies that celebrate spiritual values." Via Movie City News.


Coverage of the coverage: Cannes 08.

Last year: Cannes @ 60. And Cannes 06.




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Posted by dwhudson at May 22, 2008 12:04 PM