Marion Cotillard and Charlotte Gainsbourg in Ismael’s Ghosts.

Cannes festival starts with genre-bending French drama, and director hopes opening slot shelters it from ‘brutal’ critics

Ismael’s Ghosts, starring Marion Cotillard and Charlotte Gainsbourg, is well received, and benefits from not being among the films in competition, which French critics can savage if they don’t like them

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Marion Cotillard and Charlotte Gainsbourg in Ismael’s Ghosts.
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