The streets of Tokyo and Paris’s Louvre museum were the setting for two stylised East-meets-West films as the 62nd Cannes film festival began winding up.
Isabel Coixet’s romantically charged ‘Map of the Sounds of Tokyo’ starring Rinko Kikuchi and Spain’s Sergi Lopez attempts to confront out of place Westerners in the Japanese capital with death and the meaning of existence. ‘Visage’ by Taiwanese director Tsai Ming-Liang, travels in the other direction to the French capital. Set in the Louvre and starring Jean-Pierre Leaud, Fanny Ardant and Laetitia Casta the film sets out to recall some of the great moments in French Cinema. Both films received a luke warm reaction seeing mass audience walk-outs. The curtain comes down on the festival on Sunday with the prestigious Palme d’Or award going to the best film. However, judging by the critical response ‘Map of the Sounds of Tokyo’ and ‘Visage’ may struggle to scoop the top prize.