Sunday, May 24, 2009

Unhappy ending in Cannes, best film hard to call

CANNES, France (Reuters) – The Cannes film festival opened 12 days ago with the crowd-pleasing Disney animation "Up", but a string of critical duds toward the close means its ending has been decidedly downbeat.

The 20 films in the main competition have been variously booed, cheered, jeered and shunned as Cannes' notoriously picky audiences failed to agree on one, or even a handful of entries, worthy of the coveted Palme d'Or.

"It's been very uneven," said Jay Weissberg of trade publication Variety ahead of the closing ceremony on Sunday.

"There was a lot of expectation because of the names called out, but very few people would say the directors here have contributed their best works."

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