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Angelina Jolie said her latest film, Kung Fu Panda 2, had some "pretty heavy lessons" for its young audience including her own children.

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Cannes asks if a Bruni bump is keeping star away

The French first lady, Carla Bruni-Sarkozy, said yesterday that she would miss the opening of the Cannes film festival today for "personal and professional" reasons – re-igniting speculation that she is pregnant.

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As the film festival opens this week, channel the classic look of the Côte d'Azur. Adam Welch guides you from the Croisette to the Corniche in style

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As the Cannes Festival elevates A Bronx Tale and A Clockwork Orange to 'classic' status, Geoffrey Macnab calls for the more rigorous application of an overused term

David Lister: Glamour is an essential part of the serious business

The story is told of a British film producer trying to get into a swish party in Cannes. The man at the door told her she could not come in because she was wearing leggings. The enraged woman pointed at a French counterpart, also wearing leggings, who was being allowed in. "Oui," shrugged the doorman, "mais elle a du style."

Bel Epoque: Cannes holds its breath for return of Belmondo

One of cinema's legends, the French New Wave's irresistible rogue and embodiment of cool, is back. Geoffrey Macnab reports

Why the Croisette puts the Scottish capital in the shade

The big stars will be at the Cannes film festival next month, but its Edinburgh rival is looking far from glamorous, says Geoffrey Macnab

Four female nominees for Palme d'Or make it a golden year for women

The British director Lynne Ramsay is leading an unprecedented charge by female directors at this year's Cannes Film Festival. This year's competition for the Palme d'Or prize features four women directors, the highest in the festival's64-year history.

DVD: Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives (12)

The surprise winner of the Palme d'Or at Cannes last year, this film will leave UK viewers bemused and entranced in equal measure.

DVD: Leap Year (18)

Leap Year is a study in solitude and isolation. Laura is struggling to put her past in Oaxaca, Mexico behind her and finds it hard to connect with people in her new home. She spends most of her time in her flat working, talking with her mother on the phone and marking time until 29 February. The long hours are broken by a string of sexual encounters which become ever more shocking in their brutality. The film won the Caméra d'Or award at Cannes and it is possible to see how this studied introspection could appeal to an awards panel. It may appeal less to audiences. The pacing is slow; the writing feels self-important and will leave many just feeling empty.

Geoffrey Macnab: Judges warm to an arresting work that defies categorisation

Tim Burton and his Cannes jury have had thin pickings this year. The 2010 competition has been full of films that have provoked mild enthusiasm or moderate disapproval without really inflaming the passions of the festival-goers.

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