Place Your Bets: Film Critics Reveal their Top 3 Cannes Picks

Now that there are only 6 films awaiting to be screened at the Cannes Film Festival, film critics and aficionados have started to place their bets on the top three Palme d’Or contenders so far. Find out if your favorite Cannes entry made it to the critics’ list!

A scene from Le Havre. Photo via Hollywood Reporter

With only a few days remaining and 6 films awaiting screening at the prestigious Cannes Film Festival, film fans are now on the edge of their seats as critics begin to reveal their top picks among the Palme d’Or hopefuls so far. There were many favorites and promising ones, but according to a Globe and Mail report, only 3 have managed to charm critics into betting for them.

Le Havre by Aki Kaurismaki

Finnish director Aki Kaurismaki sets his story in the seaside town of Le Havre in France, and also names his film after it. Former author and bohemian Marcel Marx retreats into a more modest life in the French port town, choosing to live as a shoe-shine man and eventually enjoying closer rapport with its people. Marx is happy and content to have just his job, wife Arletty, and favorite bar in Le Havre, until fate brings to him a young African refugee who desperately needs his help. Le Havre reportedly garnered 3.2 out of 4 votes from Screen International’s poll of 10 international critics, making it the top bet for the Palme d’Or.

Watch the trailer for Le Havre below:

Le Gamin au Velo (The Kid with a Bike) by Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne

Directors Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne may have won the Palme d’Or twice in the past, but there’s no stopping the duo from bringing one of the hardest-hitting entries in this year’s Cannes competition. Le Gamin au Velo follows the directors’ signature social-realist dramas featuring the marginalized youth of Belgian society. It tells the story of 11-year-old Cyril’s search for his father, who temporarily left him in a children’s home. During his search, Cyril meets a hairdresser named Samantha, who becomes his company during weekends, and eventually a foster mother figure. However, the young boy doesn’t notice Samantha’s affection and efforts to calm him. Screen International critics reportedly gave Le Gamin au Velo a 3.2 out of 4 rating.

Watch a clip from Le Gamin au Velo below:

The Tree of Life by Terrence Malick

The third contender, rated 2.8 by Screen International critics, is Terrence Malick’s The Tree of Life. This rather spectacular drama which boasts of Brad Pitt among its cast, utilizes some sci-fi and surreal elements to tell the story of a Texan family during the 1950’s. Eleven-year-old Jack, the eldest of three brothers, begins his journey through life with childhood innocence and ends up with a disenchanted adult life. Throughout this personal odyssey, Jack also attempts to resolve a tangled relationship with his demanding father and find the origins and meaning of life.

Watch the trailer for The Tree of Life below:

Sources/Additional Readings:
Cannes 2011 review: Le Gamin au Vélo/Polisse - Guardian
Cannes 2011 review: The Tree of Life - Guardian
Le Havre: Cannes 2011 Review - Hollywood Reporter
Official Selection for In Competition - Festival de Cannes

So, are you rooting for any of these critic picks? Tell us with a comment below!

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