Swedish art-gallery satire The Square was one of our favorites at this year’s Cannes Film Festival, where it made off with the coveted Palme d’Or award (the fest’s highest honor). Of the two dozen films we saw in France over the 12-day event, which wrapped Sunday, here are the other movies that you’ll definitely want to see.
1. ‘The Killing of a Sacred Deer’
The Killing of a Sacred Deer (in theaters Nov. 3) opens with a prolonged shot of a beating heart mid-operation. It’s perhaps the most soothing moment in this unrelenting horror comedy from Greek filmmaker Yorgos Lanthimos, making his pitch-black relationship satire The Lobster seem like lighthearted family fare. The film reunites Lanthimos with Lobster star Colin Farrell, playing a surgeon who forms an unnerving bond with the teenage son (Barry Keoghan) of a man who died on his operating table. The less you know about this icy Kubrickian thriller — our uncontested festival favorite — the better. But the squeamish may want to steer clear.
2. ‘The Florida Project’
Some of our most eagerly anticipated titles at Cannes this year were Sofia Coppola’s star-studded The Beguiled and Michael Haneke’s Amour follow-up Happy End, both of which divided critics. But you would be hard-pressed to find anyone who wasn’t enamored by Sean Baker’s neon-colored The Florida Project, his latest after 2015 breakthrough Tangerine. The captivating coming-of-age tale tracks the adventures of mischievous 6-year-old Moonee (Brooklynn Prince), who lives with her single mom (Bria Vinaite) at a seedy roadside motel in the shadow of Disney World. But her child’s-eye view of the world…