By: Imran Chaudhry

Cannes Film Festival is here again and it has opened with a bang to say the least. Shortly after the opening film Ismael’s Ghosts, a French drama by director Arnaud Desplechin, the negative and perplexed reviews and tweets began to pour in according to The Independent. Even with the likes of stars such as Mathieu Amalric, Marion Cotillard and Charlotte Gainsburg, critics and viewers alike were reported to have left the room in ‘stunned silence’, neither booing or clapping.

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The Guardian have given the film a scathing 2/5 stars, calling it ‘pure time-wasting silliness’ and a ‘self-indulgent ragbag’. In a particular statement, reviewer Peter Bradshaw states “This is an unfinished doodle of a film, a madly self-indulgent jeu d’esprit without substance: a sketch, or jumble of sketches, a ragbag of half-cooked ideas for other movie projects, I suspect, that the director has attempt to salvage and jam together.”
Variety stated that the emotion of the film comes across as ‘phoney’ and ‘unintentionally comdeic’, even comparing it to the cult film ‘The Room’, well known as being a standard set for terrible films. The reviewer, Peter Debruge even went as far to state “ If “Ismael’s Ghosts” were a meal, it would be a massive slab of off-tasting meat alternative, wrapped in fake bacon, cooked in margarine, then covered in dairy-free imitation cheese.”
Joe Utichi, editor of Deadline’s AwardsLine magazine called the film ‘atrocious’ in a damning tweet.
However, despite the sea of stunned silence and scathing reviews, there has been some positive feedback, with AA Dowd of The A.V. Club tweeting that he enjoyed the film despite the fact it may ‘lose the thread’.
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Have you been looking forward to Desplechin’s new film? Or are you exited for all that Cannes Film Festival has to offer this year? Tweet us your thoughts @JenChauMedia.

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