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Woody Allen on his Cannes festival opener: Café Society

Woody Allen's film Café Society opened this year's Cannes film festival, and the none other than Woody himself shared some words on the film.

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There are maybe three different movies fighting against each other in Woody Allen’s new film, “Café Society,” which opened the 2016 Cannes Film Festival on Wednesday.

It’s part nostalgic ode to Old Hollywood, part satiric appreciation of the Jewish-American male’s romantic neuroses, and part half-serious rumination on the fixations of love.

Café Society ends on a pleasing note of bittersweet ambiguity—or perhaps there’s nothing ambiguous about it, Allen arguing that there is certainly some uncertainty in life, always a wondering about what could be, a speculation that never quite merits seeking out answers.

But the other two-thirds of this disjointed movie, which starts in 1930s Los Angeles and ends in the New York City social scene referenced in the title, is Allen at his most lazily Allen-ish, Jesse Eisenberg’s aspiring somebody rattling through scene after scene of fretting dully over women, all of whom are inexplicably attracted to this self-involved jerk. Those women are played by Kristen Stewart and Blake Lively, both giving great performances.