Postcard from Cannes: Pete Doherty makes debut
May 23rd, 2012
08:35 AM ET

Postcard from Cannes: Pete Doherty makes debut

British rock star Pete Doherty - the on-again, off-again lead singer of the Libertines - makes his acting debut in “Confession of a Child of the Century," which screened at the Cannes film festival Monday.

It’s hardly unusual for rock stars to take a stab at movies – John Lennon, Mick Jagger and David Bowie all did it, with varying degrees of success.

But Doherty certainly hasn’t taken the easy route. He’s cast in the lead role in a period costume drama, adapted from Alfred de Musset’s French literary classic.

On the other hand, his character, Octave, fits the singer’s image well enough: he’s a dissolute, tormented youth - a libertine, in fact - who seduces a string of beautiful women but only to make their lives hell. “I am your poison,” he tells one conquest.

Doherty wisely doesn’t attempt a French accent (though made in France, Sylvie Verhyde’s film is in English). He makes a valiant effort in a demanding role, but alas, looks pale, pudgy and in bad need of a haircut, with his lack of experience trumping whatever charm or style Verhyde hoped he would bring to the part.

Sharing screen time with pros Charlotte Gainsbourg and August Diehl, Doherty's woefully out of his depth. Too bad that this casting coup winds up sabotaging what might have been a very fine film.

Brad Pitt, however, has been pleasing critics and gossip hounds alike at the film fest, thanks to his movie "Killing Them Softly" and his update on his impending marriage.

The 48-year-old actor told press Tuesday while promoting his film that getting engaged to his longtime partner Angelina Jolie was "something that made sense," but we might have to wait a while for the actual wedding.

"We have no date at all right now," he said. "We're still hoping for marriage equality in the States before we get married."

As for his role in screenwriter/director Andrew Dominik's crime thriller about an enforcer charged with investigating a heist that happened during a mob-protected poker game, the actor "once again plays a quietly powerful sociopath" in the form of his ruthless Jackie Cogan, writes Entertainment Weekly.

The Hollywood Reporter found "Killing Them Softly" to be a "juicy, bloody, grimy and profane drama that amply satisfies as a deep-dish genre piece," although Time was less enthralled.

The review finds Pitt's Cogan "a smart, supercool enforcer of gangland and corporate priorities," but the movie overall to be "a genre film ... with art-house pretensions," making Pitt "the only thing that truly rewards your attendance."

See for yourself when "Killing Them Softly" opens in the U.S. on September 21.

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soundoff (4 Responses)
  1. Alexey Golovanov

    What did they use (I can't see) – Nicholas Boutet or Lepage?

    May 24, 2012 at 10:09 am | Report abuse |
  2. Peter Blakely

    Could Jimmy Carter move to France? Carter is a tired old Fart, who ranks as our worst President.

    James Carter is joke who could seve his Moslem brothers he loves.

    May 24, 2012 at 12:32 am | Report abuse |
  3. Måd

    Pete will be fine as long as he doesn't get ahold of any Kate Moss.

    May 23, 2012 at 12:02 pm | Report abuse |
  4. AlwaysTTime

    How did this go from Doherty to Pitt/Jolie? I've had my fill of those 2 & I couldn't care less about them. The picture makes Doherty look like a Amish kid! Lol!

    May 23, 2012 at 10:20 am | Report abuse |

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