Since Anthony weighed in with his best to worst list from Cannes ’06, I thought I’d note a few of my favorites from the festival. At the very top of the list are “Volver”, “Babel”, “Shortbus”, “Pan’s Labyrinth”, and “Buenos Aires 1977”.
I was able to sneak in a second viewing of the new Almodovar film on the final day of the festival. While it is already playing in theaters here in France, it won’t be coming to America until October and at the same time Sony Classics will be re-releasing a few of Pedro’s previous films in theaters. On second viewing, “Volver” is even more emotional. In my mind, Almodovar’s films have become more and more personal and with his work he seems to be working through many of the issues in his mind. At the “Volver” lunch, Carmen Maura explained in returning to work with Pedro once again, she found him to be a much more serious person, and someone distinctly aware of the expectations from those around him. Perhaps that explains the nervous, tense (and even disappointed) look on his face when he was seated in the audience at the awards ceremony Sunday night (which he referenced a bit in the post ceremony press conference).