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CRITICS: FOXCATCHER TAKES LEAD AT CANNES

May 19, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Director Bennett Miller’s Foxcatcher stunned an audience attending the press screening of the film at the Cannes Film Festival today (Monday). Early reviews predicted that Miller, screenwriters E. Max Frye (Something Wild) and Dan Futterman (Capote) and the three leading actors, Steve Carell, Channing Tatum and Mark Ruffalo, will land Oscar nominations. Carell’s unsettling performance as John DuPont, the multibillionaire who shot and killed Olympic gold medalist Dave Schultz in 1996, received particular praise. Carell, whose appearance, and even his voice, are hardly recognizable, affects a Du Pont who is, according to the Guaridan‘s critic Peter Bradshaw, “a compelling monster — but a monster who inspires not fear but pity.” Variety film editor Ramin Setoodeh wrote that Carell gives “the knockout performance in a cast of great performances.” And Todd McCarthy in the Hollywood Reporter called Carell’s performance “astonishing.” At a news conference Miller said, “It was so far outside of his comfort zone. … I’ve never seen Steve do anything that would give any material evidence that he could do this. We just chatted and I heard how he thought and was thinking about the character, and I had a vision for it working.” The film begins with black-and-white scenes of an old fox hunt, presumably taken on the du Pont estate. Most critics imply that the movie has just bolted ahead in the race for Cannes’ Palm d’Or like the fox in that scene.