Duarte Garrido, Entertainment Reporter
The Cannes International Film Festival is known for its traditionalism, its parties and the occasional practice of booing a movie to the point of making headlines.
For the affected film aficionados of the Croisette “le booing” is a ritual, a tradition, a leisure activity which allows them to separate the wheat from the chaff.
Only, sometimes, the chaff just happens to be a masterpiece.
Here’s a few great movies which fell victim to the film bourgeois of the French Riviera.
The Tree Of Life, Terrence Malick
Just before Hollywood’s most elusive director became the subject of worldwide mockery, there was The Tree Of Life.
His beautiful, philosophical epic about a family, the world, life, love and whispered sentences fell on deaf ears at Cannes, when a small but vocal minority began “counter-applauding” the movie.
The irony was that, at the end, it was awarded the Palme d’Or and went on to win the Oscar for best picture.
Pulp Fiction, Quentin Tarantino
Another Palme d’Or winner to be poorly received at the screening, Quentin Tarantino’s magnum opus went on to become a cult classic – unlike its closest competitor, Krzysztof Kieślowski’s Red, from the Three Colours trilogy.
Tarantino would later return to the Croisette with Inglourious Basterds, which also got booed.
Antichrist, Lars von Trier
Declared “personna non grata” at the festival, Von Trier has become known as Cannes’ enfant terrible.
His movies, which are not for the faint-hearted, have almost all been booed at the French Riviera.
While 2003’s Dogville managed to force a few smiles from the audience, its predecessor Dancer In The Dark – which, to be fair, does feature Bjork – was not of Cannes liking.
And neither was Antichrist, which featured Willem Dafoe and Charlotte Gainsbourg having explicit sex in slow motion, and was jeered to exhaustion.
Only God Forgives, Nicolas Winding Refn
Another one of Cannes’ bad boys, the Danish director is known for his ultra-violent movies.
While 2011’s Drive opened to applause, his next one, Only God Forgives, did not.
It’s a shame that the audience took so porly to Ryan Gosling’s character opening his mother’s womb and trying to climb back in – that is exactly what happens – because it was later hailed by most critics as one of the best movies of the decade.
The Da Vinci Code, Ron Howard
Just kidding, the sheer fact that Howard’s cheesy adaptation of one of the most over-sold novels of all time even made it to Cannes is a miracle (or, maybe, a mystery?).
According to the Guardian’s Peter Bradshaw, the movie was received with “a storm of incredulous laughter and the owl-looking hooting that French audiences use to expression derision”.
But other great movies, like Martin Scorsese’s Taxi Driver, Sofia Coppola’s Marie Antoinette and Olivier Assayas’ Personal Shopper got the same treatment, undeservedly.
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