Away with Words
aka San tiao ren First screened in May 2020
Director: Christopher Doyle. Cast: Tadanobu Asano, Kevin Sherlock, Mavis Xu, Takanori Kubo, Christa Hughes, Georgina Hobson. Screenplay: Christopher Doyle and Tony Rayns. Twitter Capsule:
Doyle directs with raffish undiscipline of a gallerist dying to print a zine, a painter scratching on stall walls.
Doyle definitely conjures a milieu. His intuitions for color and framing keep this going. But his name's the only reason this played Cannes.
A late-90s festival-targeted Hong Kong movie about indolent, boozy, unlikely characters washing up into each other? "Fresh" is not the term.