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Léa Seydoux receives a robotic standing ovation in Cannes for her “Second Act”

Rain clouds outside the Palais may have dampened some spirits on the opening night of the 77th Cannes Film Festival. Or maybe it was the movie itself.

“The Second Act,” Quentin Dupieux’s chatty French comedy about the making of the first AI-directed film, drew a tepid 3.5-minute ovation Tuesday night at Cannes. Dupieux was present for the premiere, as was his French cast composed of Léa Seydoux, Louis Garrel, Vincent Lindon and Raphaël Quenard.

In the meta-film, the four actors play actors making a romantic comedy that they know is useless. To make matters worse, Florence (Seydoux) wants to move up a gear with David (Garrel), but he is no longer attracted to her and tries to pawn her off on his friend Willy (Quenard).

The film, released in France on the same day as its Cannes premiere, received mixed reviews. VarietyPeter Debruge of Peter Debruge wrote that “virtually every scene overstays its welcome, including the otherwise clever final shot.” Dupieux’s strategy seems to be to flip or repeat certain punchlines for a new effect, which is fine for a while, until you realize that neither “The Second Act” nor these second-order readings work. have a lot to say.

Dupieux’s film “Deerskin” had already opened the Directors’ Fortnight at Cannes in 2019. The French director also presented the first 13 minutes of his film “Wrong Cops” during its 2012 edition. “The Second Act” is played outside competition this year.

A pillar of French cinema, Seydoux gained popularity with English-speaking audiences as a Bond girl in 2015’s “Spectre,” and more recently as Lady Margot in Denis Villeneuve’s “Dune: Part Two.” Her breakout role in “Blue Is the Warmest Color” (2013) earned her the Best Actress award at Cannes and the film also won the Palme d’Or. Seydoux’s previous notable appearances at Cannes include the premiere of Christophe Honoré’s “La Belle Personne” in 2009, which won her the Chopard Prize for Best Emerging Actress; debuting in 2015 with Yorgos Lanthimos’ “The Lobster,” which won the jury prize; and to be part of the jury during the 2018 edition. She was recently present at the festival in 2022 for “Crimes of the Future” by David Cronenberg.

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News Source : variety.com

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