May 24, 2017

Jodie Foster’s “The Beaver” gets “warm reception” in Cannes


By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: European audiences saw something in Jodie Foster’s depression drama “The Beaver” that U.S. audiences didn’t bother to find.

The film, which stars Mel Gibson as a fractured corporate executive and father of two who learns to communicate through a beaver puppet he finds in a dumpster, received “a warm reception” following a Tuesday screening in Cannes, according to Reuters, which goes on to add that the film might find “a possible second life in Europe after it flopped with U.S. audiences.”

“Flopped” is a strong, yet accurate, word. The movie expands to more screens this Friday, May 20, but so far only has earned $311,558 according to Box Office Mojo. Ouch.

Given Gibson and Foster’s drawing power overseas, “Beaver” no doubt will do better once it reaches more theater. It can’t do much worse, right?

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Sean O'Connell is a nationally recognized film critic. His reviews have been published in print ('The Washington Post,' 'USA Today') and online (AMC FilmCritic.com, MSN's Citysearch) since 1996. He's a weekly contributor to several national radio programs. He is a longstanding member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA), the Online Film Critics Society (OFCS), and the Southeastern Film Critics View all articles by Sean O'Connell Association (SEFCA).

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