Thursday 24 August 2017

Lap of glory turns into walk of shame

It's hard not to feel sorry for Nicole Kidman who is being forced to talk up a turkey in Cannes, writes Julia Molony

Nicole Kidman and Tim Roth at the ‘Grace of Monaco’ photocall during the 67th Cannes Film Festival in France. Photo: Pascal Le Segretain
Nicole Kidman and Tim Roth at the ‘Grace of Monaco’ photocall during the 67th Cannes Film Festival in France. Photo: Pascal Le Segretain
Nicole Kidman in the film as Princess Grace

Julia Molony

There's a particular kind of exquisite humiliation that comes after submitting to being all trussed up in couture and borrowed diamonds, pushed out in front of the world's media at a film festival, only to discover that what was supposed to be a lap of glory has turned instead into a walk of shame.

So it's hard not to feel sorry for Nicole Kidman in Cannes, stuck in front of the glare of the world's press like a rabbit in the headlights, contractually obliged to go through the motions of trying to talk up a turkey, despite the fact that everyone knows there's no saving the widely panned Grace of Monaco.

Only those critics who are in situ at Cannes have seen the film (the rest of us now unlikely to fork out the price for tickets when it eventually comes to our screens) which opened the festival this year, and enjoyed top billing before the fanfare very quickly went flat. Amongst those who have, the verdict is virtually unanimous. Every aspect of the film has been savaged, the direction, the characterisations, the feeble narrative which is pinned on Grace Kelly's supposed involvement in keeping super-rich Monaco, haven for tax refugees, financially independent from France. And Kidman herself, as not only the films lead but also somehow its figurehead, has become the emblem of its failure.

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