Picks and Pans Review: Cannes 2008 Wrap-Up: C'est Un Mixed Bag
Bleak art house fare—reflecting global filmmakers' responses to anxious times—dominated at the French film festival. But two highly anticipated American entries from Oscar-winning directors Eastwood (Million Dollar Baby) and Soderbergh (Traffic) delved into the past. Eastwood's Changeling, a likely Oscar contender, is a powerful true story about a mother (Angelina Jolie, far left) whose child disappears from her L.A. house in 1928. Far less compelling is Soderbergh's lifeless Che, a two-part tush-tester (clocking in at four-plus hours) about martyred revolutionary Ernesto "Che" Guevara (Benicio Del Toro, right). It plays like an army training film.