Cannes Film Festival: Yorgos Lanthimos’ absurdist dystopia is the best of Cannes so far

7:50 a.m. I hit the snooze button too many times to make it to Cannes by bike. Frederic, my hotel manager in Juan-Les-Pins, fixes me a coffee while I wait for a cab. The driver is a local with a thing for bachata, the dance music of the Dominican Republic.

8:30 a.m. A friend once called Arvo Pärt the “I Got You (I Feel Good)” of the art film circuit: great music made meaningless by overuse. The Estonian composer’s work is all over Nanni Moretti’s decidedly minor My Mother (Grade: C / C+), which also features what sounds like a sped-up version of Brian Eno’s “An Ascent,” along with songs by Jarvis Cocker and Leonard Cohen, countless short dream and daydream sequences, and basically every cue the director can think of for telling the audience exactly how his protagonist feels.

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