The Farewell Party
High drama and lowbrow, morbid humor get stitched together in this successful tragicomedy about terminal patients and assisted suicide. Works better than expected.
Ben Kenigsberg edited the film section of Time Out Chicago from 2011 to 2013 and served as a staff critic for the magazine beginning in 2006. Once a mainstay in the Village Voice film pages, he has also written for Slate, L.A. Weekly, The A.V. Club, Indiewire, In These Times, The New York Sun, and Time Out New York. He is a member of the National Society of Film Critics.
Jacques Audiard's "Dheepan" took the Palme d'Or at the 68th Cannes Film Festival.
Ben Kenigsberg hazards a few guesses as to what the Coen brothers' jury might pick.
Ben Kenigsberg sees the film that Portuguese director Manoel de Oliveira only wanted shown after his death.
Ben Kenigsberg looks at Kent Jones's documentary "Hitchcock/Truffaut," showing in Cannes Classics.
Ben Kenigsberg looks for fresh perspectives at this year's festival.
Ben Kenigsberg goes looking for alternative fare at Cannes—and finds Hollywood wannabes.
Ben Kenigsberg reviews Arnaud Desplechin's lovable coming-of-age prequel "My Golden Days."
Ben Kenigsberg reviews Philippe Garrel's "In the Shadow of Women," which opened Directors' Fortnight.
Ben Kenigsberg plans to look beyond the mainstream at this year's festival.