‘Ismael’s Ghosts’ Cannes Review: Festival Opens With an Agreeable Valentine to Film

Source: http://www.thewrap.com — Wednesday, May 17, 2017
Take one part Fellini’s “8 ½,” one part Almodovar’s “Volver”, stir them together with a strong, steady dose of nervy French idiosyncrasy, and what do you get? Well, it wouldn’t be something terribly different from “Ishmael’s Ghosts,” which opens the 70th Cannes Film Festival on Wednesday. In his 10th feature film, Gallic auteur Arnaud Desplechin once again mines some of his enduring obsessions, offering a tale of a beleaguered film director haunted by his past, present, and future. Mixing story elements from other touchstone films and funneling them through his unique style, Desplechin has delivered a familiar if agreeable Valentine to the medium itself; when picking an opening film, Cannes couldn’t have made a more fitting choice. You can call Mathieu Amalric Ishmael. He plays a middle-age filmmaker putting together his latest espionage thriller while living in contented coupledom with girlfriend Sylvia (Charlotte Gainsbourg). But both his personal and professional lives get thrown for a loop when his wife, missing for over 20 years and declared dead for the last eight of them, suddenly returns. That would be Carlotta (Marion Cotillard) — and as the title makes clear, she’s but one of the many ghosts haunting the director. Also Read: Cannes 2017: 14 Directors to Watch, From Bong Joon Ho to Todd Haynes (Exclusive Photos) Those ghosts are more figurative than literal. Carlotta isn’t actually from the spectral plane and Desplechin …

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