Money, sex, technology and stretch limos abound as David Cronenberg brought “Cosmopolis” to Cannes on Friday, with Robert Pattinson as a billionaire financier looking for a haircut as a killer looks for him.
The Manhattan thriller, adapted from Don DeLillo’s novel, follows a day in the life of Eric Packer while he journeys in his elongated white car through a city in turmoil as the US president makes a visit.
The age of capitalism is drawing to a close and chaos sets in as the day goes on and Packer watches his financial empire collapse.
Along the way, he has sex a couple of times in his car — once with French actress Juliette Binoche — gets a mobile medical check-up, meets business associates, and gets a cream pie in the face.
He leaves his vehicle to breakfast, lunch and dine with his blonde heiress wife before their relationship takes a turn for the worse.
“Cosmopolis”, which got a polite reception at a press screening Friday, is one of 22 movies in the running for the Palme d’Or top prize at the Cannes Film Festival. Its red carpet gala premiere was due later in the day.
The festival gave Cronenberg a lifetime achievement award in 2006 and his 1996 movie “Crash” won a Special Jury Prize at the 1996 festival.
This year his 32-year-old son Brandon Cronenberg is also in Cannes with his first feature film, “Antiviral” in the new talent section.