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Cannes Film Festival

Cannes Film Festival — The recession took hold of this year’s festivities with fewer crowds and subdued spirits

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The global recession wasn’t invited to the 62nd Cannes Film Festival, which kicked off May 13, but it showed up anyway, creating a far less rambunctious vibe than last year, when Indiana Jones stormed the Croisette. ”It’s more subdued than normal,” says Sony Pictures Classics co-president Michael Barker, who premiered Pedro Almodovar’s Broken Embraces, starring Penélope Cruz. ”It’s easier to get into theaters, to get in restaurants.” The widely adored opening film, Disney-Pixar’s Up, offered levity, and stars did their part: Brad Pitt arrived to promote Quentin Tarantino’s Inglourious Basterds, while Mariah Carey showed up to support her small role in Precious. (Good news: It’s no Glitter.) In other words, the good life goes on somehow.