Cannes. Palermo Shooting.
, James Rocchi
first takes aim at the Cannes paparazzi, fires and scores a beaut. "So, yes, the idea of watching a Wim Wenders
film about a photographer who's having a crisis of conscience about his profession seemed like a capital idea."
However: "Palermo Shooting
goes fairly off the mark, or fires blanks, or has a damp fuse; I'm not sure about which firearm metaphor applies here, and if Wenders can't be bothered to have any cohesion to his signs and symbols, why should I? Palermo Shooting
is hardly the worst film I've ever seen at Cannes - Southland Tales
still takes the Palme d'Junk in my book - but it's still a little sad to see a major filmmaker make such a series of major mistakes in the name of a fairly minor film."
Further up in that review: "Films about people who have to choose between two different kinds of success are, by definition, boring. The second problem comes with the casting of Campino
, who is certainly a well-made slab of Euro-flesh, but whose range of expressed emotional states ranges from hunky bewilderment
to bewildered hunkiness
"Wim Wenders muses on love, death and his perennial bugbear, the 'Crisis of the Image' in The Palermo Shooting
, a metaphysical thriller cum philosophical essay that marks another step on the downwards slope for this once-vital filmmaker," writes Jonathan Romney
in Screen Daily
. "Unwisely cast, leadenly written and ultimately farcical in its earnestness, The Palermo Shooting
is a glossy travelogue-thriller with metaphysical pretentions, and one of the low points of this year's Cannes Competition."
The Hollywood Reporter
's Scott Roxborough
talks with Wenders, who's now planning to shoot a horror movie.
, Ali Jaafar
reports that Axiom Films has picked up UK rights.
Reviews in German
Coverage of the coverage: Cannes 08
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Posted by dwhudson at May 24, 2008 8:23 AM