Tag: Reviews

Critics & audience love 'Rust & Bone'

Rumour on twitter has it that Marion Cotillard has arrived back in Cannes today, as has ‘De rouille et d’os‘ (Rust & Bone) director Jacques Audiard. Tonight is the closing ceremony where the awards will be handed out. Can we see this as a sign that Marion Cotillard will be awarded the Best Actress award?

In the past weeks critics have praised her performance as Stéphanie, the French calling it her best performance yet and the English speaking press saying it’s up there with La Vie en Rose. Many have also praised the movie itself. Go here for a summary for English reviews and here for French reviews. On numerous occasions, the press has given the movie good chances for tonight’s ceremony or even for Awards Season early next year (Huffington Pot, Indiwire, Hollywood.com, Toronto.com).

In these scenes, Cotillard shows she doesn’t need the validation of Cannes or the Academy. Her strong, subtle performance is gloriously winning on its own.
• Source: Time Entertainment

Its candour and force are matched by the commitment and intelligence of its two leading players. These factors, linked with the glowing sunlit images captured by cinematographer Stéphane Fontaine and emotion-grabbing music from Alexandre Desplat make for a powerful spectacle. It is a passionate and moving love story which surges out of the screen like a flood tide.
• Source: The Guardian

The movie, out in theatres throughout France and French-speaking Switzerland since its premiere at Cannes, is also doing well financially. In its first week it was #1 a the box office with 652,000 entries at 394 cinemas (Ozap.com) – putting ‘Dark Shadows‘ and ‘Avengers‘ on second and third places. UGC has thus increased the number of screens (Le Parisien). In French-speaking Switzerland it made the #5 spot with 5,901 visitors on 9 screens (Hitparade.ch).

I myself went to see ‘De rouille et d’os‘ on May 18 and was deeply impressed. On paper it seems like a traditional love story with some Lifetime-movie-elements thrown in. However, it is so much more. In fact, the reason for it being so good lay in the wonderful combination of performance, cinematography and soundtrack. Things beyond words, which is why I can’t really find the right words to explain why I loved it and why I was so moved. Let me just say that Jacques Audiard is really a genius for never letting any scene become cheesy. And Marion Cotillard’s performance is indeed very strong. While its powerful, daring and out there it is a the same time also quiet and subtle. Really magnifique. If she wins something tonight it will be well-deserved!

'Midnight in Paris' out in US Cinemas

Since last Friday Marion Cotillard’s latest movie ‘Midnight in Paris‘ is out in the US. At the moment it’s only screening in 6 theaters in New York on Los Angeles but it’ll expand to more theatres this Friday and to even more in the coming weeks. Visit the official movie site for the release schedule to find out when it’ll play in a theater near you.

Here’s a brief recap on how the movie has been doing at the box office. On its opening day in France Midnight in Paris‘ had at least 2 screenings less than other movies opening the same time because cinemas were only allowed to screen it as of 8pm – the time when the movie had its Cannes premiere. Nevertheless it had the best opening day attracting 43 294 people to the cinema (source). On the weekly box office it ended up second after ‘Fast Five‘ grossing $4.2 million from 406 locations in the first week (source) and $2.45 million from 467 locations in the second week (source). In French speaking Switzerland it also ranked #2 attracting 13 572 people at 12 cinemas (source). Great news comes from Spain where it opened the same week as in France and immediately was number 1 at the box office on its first weekend by selling 150 000 tickets (source) and remained in the top spot for the first week, grossing $1.5 million from 242 locations (source). What about the US? Despite its very limited opening it came in at #12 grossing $578,805 from just six theaters. This is a per location average of $96,468 – the best for an indie film in 2011.

The US release also brought more reviews – and very good reviews at that. According to Rotten Tomatoes 92 % critics reviewed ‘Midnight in Paris‘ favourably. Congratulations!

Unfortunately I can’t talk to much about one of the most surprising supporting roles in the film from Marion Cotillard (Inception, Nine) without giving away the film’s premise, except to say that this is a brilliant role for her. She is one of the few remaining actresses these days to transcend simply being hot and having a true classic beauty to her.
The Flick Cast

Cotillard, as lovely as ever, also gives a fine performance, in a role that grows to parallel Gil’s as that of a sort of out-of-time cosmonaut.
Shockya.com

And he falls in love with the smoky-eyed, sad-voiced Adriana (a beguiling Marion Cotillard), a muse for Picasso with her own yearnings for previous eras.
New York Daily News

Allen has found the ideal actor for each and every role, including … a luminous Marion Cotillard,…
indie WIRE

P.S. Midnight in Paris is also worth catching because of the divine presence of Marion Cotillard, as well as appearances by Kathy Bates, Tom Hiddleston, Alison Pill, and many more some happily hamming up cameos, with others delightfully and subtly evocative. Darius Khondji, director of photography, captures the golden light of a gorgeous city.
TwitchFilm.com

She’s as real as the marvelous Marion Cotillard can make her, which is to say intensely.
Wall Street Journal

Bolstered by appealing performers like Owen Wilson, Marion Cotillard and Rachel McAdams, it is his warmest, mellowest and funniest venture in far too long. … With remarkable naturalness and considerable charisma, Cotillard is just as she should be here
La Times

On a sidenote there’s a funny little story how bumping into Marion Cotillard in New York and talking about their roles in an upcoming movie helped Michael Sheen put together the plot of ‘Midnight in Paris‘ without having read a full script. Read it over at ComingSoon.net.

Many thanks to Jennifer & Megara for sending in ‘Midnight in Paris‘ related scans. The Spanish Cinemania interview is the same as the English interview previously published in Total Film.

006 Scans from 2011 > Cinemania (Spain) – May , scanned by Megara
001 Scans from 2011 > Various Clippings, scanned by Jennifer

'Midnight in Paris': Stills, Interviews, Reviews

After a few French interviews, here’s an article in English about actresses in Hollywood who don’t have English as their first language. Marion Cotillard is mentioned throughout and there seem to be a few new quotes:
One foot’s in Hollywood, the other’s in Europe, Los Angeles Times, May 11

Thanks to Oliver.G.Byrne I added English translations of two of Marion’s recent in-depth French interviews. Many thanks for your hard work!
I would have loved to walk the stairs of the festival with Woody Allen, L’Express Styles
I would love to live a double life, Madame Figaro

Then, the official ‘Midnight in Paris’ website has gone live with a ton of content. Be sure to check it out. Here’s the Spanish Website, the movie opens in Spain on Friday. One of the interesting contents are the production notes:
Midnight in Paris: About the Production

The production notes reveal quite a large part of the plot so procede with caution if you want to remain spoiler-free. Here some Marion-relevant bits:

About Adriana: “Adriana doesn’t know where she belongs, she is searching for her place. She admires artists because their world is wide and their imagination takes them to some marvelous places. She needs to dream. She has always felt she didn’t belong to the era she lives in and she feels Gil is the same kind of person. She recognizes herself in him.”

Woody Allen about Marion Cotillard: “Marion has got a built-in charism. She makes the most ordinary kind of moments and dialogue sound interesting because she herself is such an interesting movie actress. And she’s got a very lovely and interesting face to look at; I never get tired of looking at it. I also noticed that she’s able to call up any kind of emotion she wants quickly and easily.”

Marion Cotillard about Woody Allen: “Woody Allen is a brilliant man in the way he observes life, people, things,” she says. “You feel a lot of wit, tenderness, and humor.”

And here are some gorgeous new stills of Marion Cotillard as Adriana:

005 Midnight in Paris (2011) > Stills

The actual movie was screened this afternoon to the press and later opened the Cannes International Film Festival. As previously posted, Marion Cotillard did not attend the ceremony but Woody Allen had Rachel McAdams, Owen Wilson, Michael Sheen, Lea Seydoux and Adrien Brody at his side. Of course, this means that the reviews started coming in. They generally like the movie for it’s light & fresh feeling, great acting and comic timing as well as beautiful cinematography. However, there are those who think it too light and too much of a tourist ad for Paris. But so far they generally agree on Marion’s contribution in the supporting role of Adriana:

As Adriana, Cotillard again brings a performance you can’t help but be entranced by.
Rope of Silicon

Beautiful Marion Cotillard has a difficult part to play as Gil’s perfect woman Adriana. She risks being little more than a fetish object – and she’d be a dark, exotic and sexy one – but Cotillard brings a note of dreamy melancholy to her; the soft, unspoken sadness of a woman born out of her time. Though she appears to be living the high life amongst the literati, there’s something missing for Adriana and it gives her an air of mystery. Part personified temptation and part individual with needs of her own, Cotillard is just right.
Living in Cinema

Cannes opens with a Woody Allen love letter to the French capital, a shallow examination of nostalgia with endearing performances from Owen Wilson and Marion Cotillard. … Gil’s ingenuous enthusiasm entrances Picasso’s beautiful mistress Adriana, played with conviction and finesse by Marion Cotillard: they fall in love, but it appears that Adriana is just as discontented with her time period as Gil is with his.
Guardian

Cotillard is the perfect object of Gil’s romantic and creative dreams
Hollywood Reporter

But most entrancing of all is the mysterious muse played by Marion Cotillard, who has recently posed for her Spanish painter-beau.
Movieline

While Inez ignores him, a fetching French dame (Marion Cotillard, once again capitalizing on her classic good looks) worships Gil immediately, recognizing his genius from the first line of his manuscript.
Variety

He also falls in love with a an artist groupie, played with an alluring blend of charm and sadness by Marion Cotillard. … Certain moments are breathtakingly lovely: a close-up on Wilson and Cotillard as they dance – literally, a man in love with his fantasy – is one of the most purely romantic images Allen has concocted in years.
France24.com

Marion Cotillard is luminous as Wilson’s fantasy lover.
Parade.com

Marion Cotillard looks terrific in her 1920s dresses, though is actually given little to do apart from act the romantic muse to the mildly neurotic Gil.
ScreenDaily.com

Gil is compelled to return to his nightly, supernaturally swirly walks around the city and falls in love with a mysterious stranger named Adriana (a smoky Marion Cotillard).
The Playlist

As muse to artists, Marion Cotillard is prickly, playful, and finds even here one of her best roles.
Le JDD

Marion Cotillard illuminates the movie with her charm.
Paris-Normandie.fr

First 'Inception' Reviews

A few hours ago, the press embargo on ‘Inception‘ was lifted and the reviews have been pouring in! And they’re absolutely raving! To get an overview – without getting spoilers – please visit Nolan Fans’ Review Post. Here some Marion quotes I found:

Marion Cotillard, who keeps surprising us with her versatility. She explodes off the screen here – like a vivid flame, flickering in and out.
– Awards Daily

And although she has less screen time than the rest of the cast, Cotillard shines as the film’s cloest thing to a femme fatale. She’s certainly better served here than she was in Public Enemies.
– IGN

The actors certainly give it their all: Cotillard is a presence both sultry and menacing.
– Variety

A terrific Marion Cotillard
– Box Office Magazine

In Inception that loss of control – the scariest thing Nolan can imagine, it seems – is represented in the haunting beauty of Marion Cotillard.
– CHUD

There’s another very good comment about Marion from HitFix.com – but it’s a bit spoiler-ish so I’m putting it below the cut.
Continue reading

"Public Enemies" – Test Screening Reviews

Marion Cotillard’s upcoming movie, the Michael Mann directed “Public Enemies” starring Johnny Depp, was test screened last Thursday (Feb 12) in Sherman Oaks, CA. It was a blind screening, which means that they didn’t give the name of the film when soliciting for moviegoers. /Film compiled some reviews that subsequently appeared online. Here the Marion related parts:

Marion Cotillard was excellent as well. She and Depp had believable chemistry but I couldn’t tell what her accent was supposed to be. Some words didn’t have any accents at all while others sounded like her normal speaking voice. I will have to say that by the she surprised me very much. She has the final scene in the movie and it ended well. (I will say that she surprised me even more because I thought she wasn’t *THAT GREAT* in La Vie En Rose–Nom? Yes. Oscar win for that movie? No.)
• by MovieTVWatcher

Loved the paring of him with Cotilliard–she was excellent too and a nice complement to Johnny’s Dillinger. I thought the acting all around excellent!
• Donna from JohnnyDeppreads

And he does dance one dance with Billie. But he starts off telling her, “I don’t know how to dance”. … Now that we’re onto Billie, Marion Cotilliard really grew on me. They were good together. I loved the scene where JD went after Billie at her job. Watch for that one! And the love scene was good. But typical Johnny, in clothes. But for most of it we only saw him from the shoulders and up.
• by BuccaRoux

Everyone seemed to like the love story, but they wanted a little more character development with Billie. They really liked the scene at the coat check counter a lot and how Dillinger just completely charmed Billie into going back to the hotel with him. (And yeah, I think we ALL would’ve gone with him – he was that charming!) And he gave her a gift – which Billie probably felt she didn’t deserve, but it was symbolic of how he wanted to protect her. And when they capture her, she protects him. Really nice theme going throughout. I have to say that the scene when they do capture Billie and take her away is just gutwrenching. To watch Johnny’s face go through all the emotions he’s feeling is just incredible.
• by Ginger

Marion Cotillard. What can I say other that she’s beautiful and talented. There is definitely some chemistry between her and Depp which made their brief love affair believable.
• by Cutelittleartist

Post Archive:

Page 1 of 2 1 2