A Cannes Highlight Reel

The Cannes Festival, the Riviera showplace for art films and movie glamour, had a Hollywood accent this year as the host to world premieres of The Da Vinci Code and X-Men: The Last Stand. But its usual fare is provocative or perplexing films from top directors. Three of the attention-grabbing entries: Volver Pedro Almodóvar blends ghost story, revenge drama and all-girl comedy in a tale of courageous, if loco, sisterhood. Lovely Penélope Cruz and spectral Carmen Maura merit laurels, maybe Oscars.

Babel Another chance-is-destiny parable from Alejandro González Iñárritu (Amores Perros, 21 Grams), the drama stars Brad Pitt and Cate Blanchett...

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