‘Scarlet’ Review: Pietro Marcello’s French Drama Is A Lukewarm Exercise In Magical Realism [Cannes]

‘Scarlet’ Review: Pietro Marcello’s French Drama Is A Lukewarm Exercise In Magical Realism [Cannes]
Two years in France inspired Italian director Pietro Marcello to create “Scarlet,” his French-language feature debut and the opening film of this year’s Directors’ Fortnight at the Cannes Film Festival. Freely inspired by Aleksandr Grin’s tale “The Scarlet Sails,” the film examines the quiet tenderness that permeates the relationship between a father comfortable in skepticism and a daughter driven by unshakeable belief.

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“You can do so-called miracles with your own hands”, reads the epigraph of Marcello’s lyrical period drama, and the heavily calloused hands of carpenter Raphaël (Raphaël Thiéry) carry the weight of creating such wonders.

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