Festival de Cannes 70: Wild at Heart, 1990

A sunny shout-out to 70 winners at the Cannes Film Festival to celebrate the 70th event which is just around the corner – in no particular order.

You could argue that David Lynch‘s magnetic Wild at Heart crams into two hours a whole array of film genres and aesthetic values. It has drama, some melodrama, but also that of dark and eerie subject matter. There’s comedy in places, heavy splashes of violence, sequences of action and fantasy. A brutally convincing story of troubled lovebirds. This is a road movie, a crime movie, a thriller-not-quite-horror. It is vividly shot, with a terrific sound design. We are also melted by a couple of music numbers. It is shocking in places, fun in others. And of course it has all out weird. We’d be lucky enough to experience even more of this from Lynch for years to follow. When Wild at Heart screened at Cannes, the movie was not well received by all (sound familiar?). And even when it was announced as the winner of the Palme d’Or there were some boos from audience members. Violence this, and tasteless that, the jury headed by Bernardo Bertolucci had the final say with regards to unparalleled, alternative, and nifty film-making. At the end of the day maybe we’re just suckers for Elvis.

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