This year’s Cannes films depict a world on the brink of revolt

Outside the theater, glamour; inside, revolution.

In 2018, Cannes’ lineup of movies felt like a plea against complacency, a call to pay attention in a world in turmoil. It was a startling message at the world’s most glamorous film festival — onscreen, war and poverty and struggle; offscreen, red carpets and yachts anchored in the Mediterranean.

But this year, that message has been ratcheted up a notch. Even before the festival’s midway point, it was clear that this year’s Cannes,...

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