‘May December’: Cannes Review

Julianne Moore and Natalie Portman have an intriguing synergy – and symmetry – in Todd Haynes’ Competition drama

Todd Haynes may no longer be making the kind of conceptually audacious films as the experimental days of Velvet Goldmine and I’m Not There but, now that he has entered his mature phase as an American classicist, he’s still adept at introducing conceptual play into ostensibly mainstream material.

As a practitioner of contemporary melodrama – with Far From Heaven and Carol showing how perfectly he had mastered the teachings of Douglas Sirk – Haynes makes intriguing work of subtly metafictional psychodrama in May December, the story of an actress researching her role in a film about a scandalous cause célèbre.

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