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[First Look] Isabelle Huppert Is ‘Captured’ and ‘In Another Country’; James Franco, Heather Graham, and Lili Taylor In ‘Cherry’

Written by on February 3, 2012 

It’s nigh impossible to believe that Cannes is only three and a half months away. And, though a list of contenders and selections won’t be hitting us for another month or two, here’s our first look at one that’s pretty likely to make its way over: Captured, the newest film from Filipino filmmaker Brillante Mendoza. Starring Isabelle Huppert, this film tells the true story of “Thérèse Bourgoin (Huppert), a French woman who worked for a humanitarian organization on Palawan Island in the Philippines only to be kidnapped by mistake along with a colleague by the Muslim extremist group Abu Sayyaf, who were in the region fighting for Mindanao independence.”

You can see the (rather lovely) images below and above, thanks to ThePlaylist:

To keep up something of a thematic bind, here’s another festival-bound Isabelle Huppert film whose first look comes from ThePlaylist. This time around, we have In Another Country. (There’s some kind of joke to be fashioned here about a movie with this title playing at Cannes — I think.)

Directed by Hong Kong’s Hong Sang-soo, the first photo — from FilmBusinessAsia (via ThePlaylist) — features the actress and Yu Jun-Sang, both of whom are taking in the leisurely site of a beach. In Another Country‘s plot — like, at this point, any potential Cannes entry — is kind of an unknown thing, though we’re told that Huppert “plays three characters each with the same name who each visit the same seaside town and meet the same local residents.” I’m intrigued.

Take a look below:

The last item, while not without promise, probably won’t be making its way to Cannes. That’s Cherry, Stephen Elliot‘s porn-centered tale that focuses on “an 18-year-old girl (Lili Taylor) who moves to San Francisco,” only to become entangled with a cocaine-addicted lawyer, played by James Franco. Heather Graham and Dev Patel also crop up, playing a former adult film actress and a friend of the lead (who holds romantic interest), respectively. The first look at it (also coming from ThePlaylist) is low-resolution and, really, a minor thing, but I’ll take it over nothing.

Take a look below:

What are your impressions of these first looks?

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