Yes We Cannes

Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie brought glamour to this year's Cannes Film Festival, but onscreen, violence and misery took the spotlight. Richard Corliss reports on the good, the bad and the gory


1. The White Ribbon (Michael Haneke) Strange, brutal crimes afflict a German village in 1913, and everyone--the stern adults, the winsome children--is a suspect in Haneke's spare, unsparing Palme d'Or winner. A masterpiece.

2. The Time That Remains (Elia Suleiman) The 60-year history of occupied Palestine as seen by Suleiman and his parents. Sounds glum, eh? Not so: its vignettes are absurd, poignant and subversively funny in a film that's a deadpan delight.

3. Precious (Lee Daniels; in theaters 11/6) At 16, Precious (Gabourey Sidibe) is fat, illiterate and pregnant after being raped by her father. Her reclamation is...

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