Catnip for Film Connoisseurs

Our critic separates the slime from the sublime at the festival

You can't buy a ticket to the Cannes Film Festival. Entrance to the 23 films in competition for the Palme d'Or and the thousand others screened in this Cote d'Azur paradise is granted by press pass or market badge (for members of the industry). But lacking those, you can always try begging. One Frenchwoman, denied admission to a screening of Lars von Trier's Dancer in the Dark, sobbed at the barricades with such fervor that she could have earned a role in Les Miserables.

The woman didn't get into the screening, but she should have got into the movie; she surely...

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