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CANNES FILM FESTIVAL

Fernando Meirelles new film "Blindness" starring Julianne Moore, Mark Ruffalo and Gael Garcia Bernal opened the Cannes Film Festival this morning.  Jeff Wells of Hollywood Elsewhere files this comment,

"Two or three people clapped at the end of the press screening. The reception at the press conference was on the muted side. The movie, I fear, is going to be generally "meh"-ed when it opens, and audiences are almost certainly going to steer clear. I respected Blindness -- I certainly agree with what it's saying -- but it didn't arouse me at all. Opening-night films at big festivals are often underwhelming on this or that level -- bland, suckish, so-so. I'm sorry to be saying what I'm saying as I worshipped Meirelles' City of God and very much admired The Constant Gardener. But the truth is that Blindness is more than a bit of a flub.  For what it's worth, the pacing, performances and tech credits are first-rate."

The festival kicks into high gear next week with back-to-back screenings of James Gray's "Two Lovers," Clint Eastwood's "Changeling" and Steven Soderbergh's 4-hour Che Guevara pic "Che" which will be released as two films ("Guerilla" and "The Argentine") in the fall.

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