It's the rule in Cannes: arrive champing at the bit for drop-dead masterpieces, and be prepared to swallow a few disappointments before things really warm up.
In this sparkling French example of the old-friends-hanging-out sub-genre, the holidaying characters (played by Marion Cotillard and Francois Cluzet, among others) cover just about every imaginable relationship problem, and yet their dilemmas bubble to the surface at a natural, unforced rate, and the crises are offset by the ever-present humour.
Laurence Fishburne will play Perry White in 'Superman: Man of Steel'.
Every last cliché about Paris, courtesy of Woody
Music: I've just bought Cee Lo Green's new album, 'The Lady Killer'. I've listened to it a couple of times and I was instantly drawn in. I love the old style he has. I also bought The Drums' album a couple of months ago and I really enjoyed it. I love their writing, it's a great album.
They're still in with a prayer
The irrepressible Jonathan Ross, who promised himself a year off after leaving the BBC this summer, is to return to television next week as the face of specialist French film channel Cinemoi.
Christopher Nolan had the concept, the budget and the CGI – what a shame he fell asleep at the wheel
As Leonardo DiCaprio makes his sci-fi debut in British director Christopher Nolan's Inception, the one-time heart-throb tells Lesley O'Toole why he's happy in darker, more cerebral roles
Through the fug of spray, wisps of copal incense and blockade of human-sized candles, the band at the back of the church crept into life with the Pink Panther theme tune. I grinned widely. The locals clearly had a sense of humour on this, the most solemn day in the Catholic calendar.
Oscar winner Marion Cotillard gasped in pain after France's culture minister accidentally stuck a pin into her chest as he decorated her with the Order of Arts and Letters yesterday
Johnny Depp and Christian Bale star in Michael Mann's gangster biopic as John Dillinger, the infamous bank-robber, and Melvin Purvis, the FBI agent assigned to bring him to justice.
Tilda Swinton said her Oscar's buttocks reminded her of her American talent agent. The best original screenplay award went to a tattoo-covered former stripper. It was a fine night for the Brits, not to mention the French and the Spanish.
Atonement's 14 Bafta nominations may have led to feverish predictions of a golden moment for British film but yesterday's awards ceremony turned out to be a triumph for French cinema as a biopic about the tumultuous life of the singer Edith Piaf became the biggest winner. La Vie En Rose scooped four Bafta awards at a ceremony at Covent Garden's Royal Opera House, despite the winning odds for Joe Wright's film adaptation of Ian McEwan's novel Atonement starring Keira Knightley, who walked away empty-handed.
In any other year, it would have been a glittering night for British talent at Hollywood's Golden Globes: acting prizes for Julie Christie and Daniel Day-Lewis, Ricky Gervais's Extras named the best comedy on television, and the biggest recognition of all, the award for best dramatic picture, going to Atonement, Joe Wright's adaptation of an Ian McEwan novel.