CANNES, FRANCE — Cannes parties come in several varieties: rooftop, beach, bar, yacht. Hell, tonight one could even attend a soirée whose entrance hall was filled with Elizabeth Taylor's jewelry from "Cleopatra," which is screening at the festival for its 50th anniversary.The yacht party probably sounds like the most exotic category. But the first thing to know — if you're lucky enough ever to be invited to such an event — is that the boat is usually docked. Don't expect to be out in the Mediterranean experiencing your own version of "
Another sort of free adaptation, Jim Mickle's "We Are What We Are" played today at Directors' Fortnight. A remake of Jorge Michel Grau's well-received 2010 Mexican film of the same title, the movie is an object lesson in how to revamp a worthy template while making it your own.
Both films concern a family of secret cannibals, but the tone of each is markedly different. The splatter-heavy Mexican version courts a state-of-the-nation allegory, while Mickle's slower, more portentous reboot is pure potboiler, dripping with Southern gothic atmosphere. Starring Ambyr Childers as the most conflicted member of the cannibal clan and Michael Parks as the town doctor who's on to them, Mickle's film takes a while to get going, but it's more interested in suspense than shocks, and it works a few clever variations on the original premise. Call it a draw.