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Cannes 2006: From Best to Worst

Cannes 2006: From Best to Worst

Bowing to our hierarchical society — that is, because everyone loves a list — here is a rundown of my Cannes viewing, ranked best to worst. Of course, on second-watching, I’m sure many of these films will rise and fall with whims and moods, the middle-section is a little arbitrary, and as always, rankings reflect political leanings and underdog favoritism. But this is a relatively accurate estimation of my preferences.

1. Climates (Turkey)
2. Volver (Spain)
3. Red Road (UK)
4. Summer of ’04 (Germany)
5. The Wind That Shakes the Barley (UK)
6. Summer Palace (China)
7. Ten Canoes (Australia)
8. Taxidermia (Hungary)
9. Shortbus (U.S.)
10. Babel (U.S.-Mexico-Morocco)
11. Flandres (France)
12. El Violin (Mexico)
13. The Way I Spent the End of the World (Romania)
14. The Wedding Director (Italy)
15. Lights in the Dusk (Finland)
16. Fast Food Nation (U.S.)
17. The Caymen (Italy)
18. URO (Denmark)
19. Selon Charlie (France)
20. Suburban Mayhem (Australia)
21. Southland Tales (U.S.)
P.S. I walked out of the Danish anti-porn film Princess , which I found totally boring, and I saw about 3/4 of Paris Je t’aime, and would say, surprisingly, it’d rank in the top ten, if the last quarter was as good as the first three-quarters.

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