05/31/2004 at 01:00 AM EDT
Fueled with croissants and bottled water, moviegoers at this year's Cannes Film Festival could see flicks from 8:30 a.m. until past midnight for 12 days straight. Here's a sampling of highlights and low points.
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Two movies kept sex and violence to a minimum but still managed—deservedly—to strike a warm chord with audiences: Look at Me, a witty French comedy by director-writer-star Agnés Jaoui (The Taste of Others
), and Dear Frankie
, a British drama about a woman and her deaf son, which opens next month.
Too Sexy for One Gender?
Mexican actor Gael García Bernal (Y Tu Mamá También
) wowed Cannes with two star turns. In Bad Education
, by Spanish director Pedro Almodóvar, Bernal sashays about as a transvestite—wags observed that he resembled Julia Roberts
. Later he turned up as a dashing young Ché Guevara (below) in The Motorcycle Diaries
, a terrific film opening stateside this fall.
More Moore Director Michael Moore (Bowling for Columbine
) hit the publicity jackpot with Fahrenheit 9/11
, his provocative documentary attacking the Bush administration. Funny, one-sided and full of a showboating Moore, it raises questions worth asking.
More Politics Sean Penn, never one to shy away from controversy, gives a sympathetic performance as Sam Bicke in the disquietingly titled The Assassination of Richard Nixon
, inspired by a true story. Bicke hijacked a plane in 1974, intending to crash it into the White House.
Must Miss In the scenes-we-could-have-done-without category is one from Old Boy, a Korean drama, in which a man cuts out his own tongue.