Nicole Kidman is everywhere in Cannes. In Sofia Coppola’s The Beguiled she plays the prim headmistress of a school for girls in the US South; in Jane Campion’s Top of the Lake: China Girl she is a lesbian mum.
The actor is at the top of her game and somewhere near the bottom in two other films, according to the BBC Culture team. The Killing of a Sacred Deer by Greek director Yorgos Lanthimos gives Kidman a chance to shine in one of the glacial, creepy roles she excels in. But in John Cameron Mitchell’s How to Talk to Girls at Parties, her performance is “awful”, says BBC Culture deputy editor, Rebecca Laurence. She discusses these films with Tom Brook and Emma Jones.
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