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"4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days" won the Palme d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival.  The Romanian film topped the Coen Brothers popular film "No Country for Old Men," David Fincher's "Zodiac" and Julian Schnabel's "The Diving Bell and the Butterfly."  This isn't much of a surprise.  Many at the festival predicted that "4 Months" would be one of the top contenders for the big prize. 

"Going strictly by the critics' polls here, the top-rated pictures on the Croisette in 2007 are "No Country for Old Men," "4 Months" and "Zodiac"; reaction to "Zodiac" confirms the view of some industryites that Paramount should have waited to premiere the film in Cannes and waited until September to release it," notes Todd McCarthy of Variety

Manohla Dargis and A.O. Scott host a final podcast where they both agree that it was the strongest field in more than a decade.  Dargis, in a wrap-up piece in the Times notes, "Whether because of happenstance or hard work, the 60th Cannes Film Festival has presented attendees with an embarrassment of riches. The competition lineup has been notably strong, on occasion galvanizing, resulting in more cheers from the international press than jeers (a beloved tradition) than I’ve heard in the past decade."

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