Just some toughts on the latest Palme d’ Or
and my dearest Austrian Psycho.
I don’t usually agree with or like the films that win the Palme d’ or, at least for the past 10 years, i’ve always loved the selection but never the winners. I just watch them eagerly after the whole buzz and find myself completely lost in determining why in hell they’ve won cannes top prize (Farenheit, 4months2weeks1abortion, etc) I still do.
So when this year’s Palme d’or was announced i couldn’t help myself in feeling overly sceptical, considering that i, on a modest side, have been waiting for Haneke’s latest since little was known of the project, someting about a rural school, Ulrich Muhe and little nazis.(dangerous enough)
To my surprise, Haneke has made what we can call already a masterpiece, at least his masterpiece, closing a beautiful nonetheles disturbing circle with The Seventh Continent, aside of a few misteps, Funny Games (both) and The Piano Teacher, but is this Haneke, Der Siebente Kontinent’s Haneke who made Das Weisse Band, a film that surprisingly ends up being less closed or self-conscious than most of his previous work, the subtexts handled with the most suitable care and ambiguity. Certainly one of his less “cold sadist” films (explicitly speaking) when it clearly could have been his most.
A top prize well deserved for the first time in many years,
I can asure you this is the same palm awarded to Bunuel’s Viridiana.