The most passionately debated movie of the festival, however, Mr. Soderbergh’s “Che,” had yet to find an American distributor by Sunday evening. This four-and-a-half-hour portrait of Ernesto Guevara, the Argentine doctor who became a leader of the Cuban revolution, sharply divided the critics, whose support will be crucial to its chances. Similarly, no American buyers had yet materialized for two other highly anticipated American films, Charlie Kaufman’s “Synecdoche, New York,” and James Gray’s “Two Lovers,” both of which also received mixed verdicts from critics and were passed over by the jury.
Kenneth Turan's summary adds a look at the best out-of-competition films:
As always with Cannes, some of the most satisfying films were not found in the official competition. Perhaps the most out and out enjoyable was Bent Hamer's small wonder, the luminous and deliciously funny "O'Horten," a fine successor to an earlier Hamer creation, the knockout "Kitchen Stories."
(NY Times/LA Times)