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Mark Kermode | 14:27 UK time, Wednesday, 25 May 2011

The dust has settled on Cannes 2011 and the nonsense is over for another year. I give you my opinion of the infamous Lars Von Trier scandal and pick out some of your best suggestions for my alternative virtual UK film festival.

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  • Comment number 1.

    Totally agree with you about Lars.

  • Comment number 2.

    Damn you Kermode!!! YOUVE RUINED SOYLENT GREEN!!!!!

  • Comment number 3.

    When on earth is the Tree of Life coming out???!!!

  • Comment number 4.

    "Oh, Lars!"

    Terrence Malik. Tree Of Life. Hmm... better bring a cushion and a pillow. ZZZzzz.

  • Comment number 5.

    hello sir here is ashu i reads your comments its very good view and its provide lot of facility

  • Comment number 6.

    Your (?) window sill could do with a lick of paint, Doc.

  • Comment number 7.

    I tried numerous times in posting my choices of alternative films for Cannes, but kept coming up with "sorry, we can't accept your post at this time as we're having problems". Oh well, never mind.

    Good to hear of some great choices of films in places of the rampant stupidity of Cannes. Von Trier needs to 'pull his head in' and stop these stupid stunts.

  • Comment number 8.

    I'm really looking forward to seeing Lars' new film. Chances are that, in 15 years or so, people will be looking back at the Tree of Life wondering why such cinematic pomposity was so highly regarded, while Melancholia will have remained relevant, in the same way that The Idiots and Breaking the Waves have to this day.

  • Comment number 9.

    Off Topic you're one hundred percent right on Taxi Driver theme being Herrmans best. Great film (my personal favourite)

  • Comment number 10.

    Breaking The Waves - "A piece of rubbish"??? From the man who declared Inception to be the best film of last year???!! Dear oh dear....

  • Comment number 11.

    Before realising it was Lars Von Trier, for a shock moment, I thought that the Good Doc had shaved his quiff off.
    It's interesting to witness the independant, arty and meaningful contributions vying with the administered lethal injection of hollywood glamour within the accepting bum cheek of the Cannes Festival.

    I wonder what the ratio will be in twenty years?

  • Comment number 12.

    Ignoring the h/c scene in The Idiots, it's a really good film with a tragic ending. Anyway, the real Cannes gems can be found in the Un Certain Regard section. Certainly a few this time round that are worthy of checking out.

  • Comment number 13.

    Lars is overrated. Lars is SARS. Terrence Malick is the best. If even The Kermode disagrees, in the words of Peter Bogdanovich, he can go to hell.

  • Comment number 14.

    I'm starting to think that all Dr K's comments about having a "clouded judgement" means he did something terrible at Cannes last year which can now *never be named*, hence his not returning.

  • Comment number 15.

    I'm no fan of his, but Lars Von Trier won so many top awards at Cannes and they ban him just for this? Really? Bloody fools and hypersensitive hypocrites. Just for that, I'm officially a Lars Von Trier "fan" because he deserves props for putting up with this bullocks. If this happened to Herzog or Abel Farrera (ha!), I'd love to see them lash back against the backlash.

  • Comment number 16.

    This comment was removed because the moderators found it broke the house rules. Explain.

  • Comment number 17.

    LvT obviously very much dislikes press conferences and PC kitsch. So, in my view, being depressed (I don't think his illness is faked), he gets a kick out of saying inappropriate, insensitive stuff. It's being childish he's guilty of. I think the press who reported it as if it was meant seriously are the offensive ones, they made a bad joke into a hurtful thing. One need only to listen to the press conference and hear for oneself. He also cracked about Dunst demanding to be naked in the film, thwarting his heroic attempts to keep the film proper.

    In his first film he has a cameo as a skinhead, if I recall correctly?

    I too hated the Idiots when I first saw it, but re-watching it (long story), found it uniquely beautiful.

  • Comment number 18.

    Excellent idea -- not going to Cannes. I find the idea, like you say, Mr K, atrociously pompous and illogical. Ideas change and opinions become fickle. This latter one is very dangerous. Of course, there is no such thing as an unbiased and balanced view; that is not say that we should throw all sense of speculation away. I watch a lot of films with my girlfriend; it is one of our hobbies -- and then we share our brief and uninformed opinions on whatever we thought of it. But the very best time I have when I watch a film is when I am completely alone and without the necessities of external and pragmatic life. After all, it is fiction we have sat down to watch -- we have CHOSEN to engage in this fiction. And so, why do it with other variable opinions surrounding us? People will be people, and an opinion amongst friends and critics is rarely an opinion at all. Hats of to you Mr K.
    On another note, I am one of the few (by reading other comments) who is looking forward to The Tree of Life. I think that Mallick's earlier stuff was a little better, but I do enjoy his take on direction; even if by many other's standards (and I see their point) it is pretentious and a little over-the-top with its art-house-type photography and approach to the material.


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