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All the best films at Cannes this year were about human goodness. The best of all, Alexander Sokurov's Alexandra, was among the greatest works that cinema has produced

By Mark Cousins   July 2007

This year was my 16th Cannes film festival and the seventh selflessly reporting on it for Prospect. Once again it was good for the mind—I saw great films—but bad for the body: I came back sun-roasted, alcohol-pickled and two kilos heavier. If you’ve ever considered going to Cannes, do so only if your mind matters more to you than your body.

Since 2002, the festival’s two big themes have been American violence and the beauty of Asian cinema. This year the American films were again mostly violent and the Asian movies mostly beautiful. However, for the first time I can…

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