Though its jury president lamented the overall lack of great films at the 58th Annual Cannes Film Festival, the awards must go on. And so it was that Belgian drama L’Enfant, about a thief who sells his baby son, took home the Palme d’Or on Saturday at the close of the 11-day cinematic smorgasbord; the win marked the second time that brothers Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne took home Cannes’ top honors, following their 1999 score for Rosetta.
Tommy Lee Jones walked away with the best actor prize for The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada, the story of a Texas rancher looking into the death of his Mexican friend that marked Jones’ debut as a feature film director; the film also won a best scenario prize for its screenwriter, Guillermo Arriaga (Amores Perros). Best actress honors went to Israel’s Hanna Laslo for Free Zone.
Jim Jarmusch’s Broken Flowers, starring Bill Murray as a man who takes a road trip to visit a series of former lovers, won the festival’s Grand Prize, the runner-up award to the Palme d’Or.
As a whole, however, jury president Emir Kusturica, a Sarajevo-born director who has won the Palme d’Or twice himself, said the festival’s 21 official selections ”were a little bit less good than I expected.”