Film Scouts Diaries

1996 Cannes Film Festival Diaries
Diary #3: Movies or Parties?

by Leslie Rigoulot

May 13, 1996

After getting stuck in two movies with no English, I've decided to stick with the Brits and the Aussies unless I can find a schedule telling me positively that I've got some chance of being able to understand at least half the movie. Maybe they should put English subtitles in Stephen Frears' "The Van", too. Anyway, I trotted off to see "Brilliant Lies" from Australia mostly because I see Anthony Lapaglia's name.

The film is better than sitting in the hotel contemplating the parties I'm not at, but not something I'd recommend that you and the significant other spend a lot of money to see. It's another sexual harassment movie. She accuses him. He accuses her. She's a spoiled brat, and he is pig who deserves whatever he gets. Her family is a motley crew consisting of one hyper-Christian, one lesbian and one alcoholic father in denial. It isn't a bad flick but I'd wait to see it on video, which shouldn't be too soon. And then I feel foolish because since I didn't check the schedule, I found out too late that "Brilliant Lies" isn't in any of the official sections. The distribution company is screening it to drum up foreign sales. I have to keep reminding myself that this is not just a festival but a market as well.

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