The Cannes Film Festival enjoys a good scandal, and on Friday night, it got one when Thierry Frémaux, the director of the festival was captured on a bystander’s cell phone throwing a ‘star’ tantrum after being reprimanded for riding on the pavement with an electric bicycle. Who requires Sam Levinson’s The Idol when there’s such outrageous humor around? But the celebration must continue. Levinson’s intended-to-shock TV series, The Idol, which consists of two episodes, thus had its Cannes premiere on Monday night.
Lily-Rose Depp’s The Idol: A Tale Thriving In Misrepresentation
Lily-Rose Depp plays the role of Jocelyn in The Idol, a pop singer in the vein of Britney Spears who has recently emerged from the shadows following a breakdown brought on by the loss of her parent. We watch as she turns and twists while being photographed by an oblivious cameraman, her red robe expertly tied to her body to avert any unwanted nip-slip. This pretended modesty lasts for roughly 30 seconds. She wishes to display her breasts, so she eventually does, prompting a jittery assistant to object that the photography of nipples in her agreement was forbidden. Although, any other angel was alright. But Jocelyn, often called Joss, is contemporary, unrestrained, and careless in the manner of someone who has just been let out of jail. She is completely in control of her body and life. She is free to act as she pleases. Later, there will be some artistically crafted sex with a path of floating red silk, an additional penknife, and moderate asphyxiation, as well as some masturbation coupled with light auto asphyxiation. When a photo of Joss goes viral, there’s also a little commotion among Joss’ team—a gang of hovering mamma hens.
The daughter of Johnny Depp and Vanessa Paradis, Joss Depp, lends all the scandalousness a shaky air of gravity as Joss. However, one gruesome fact which went into The Idol unignored was the forced nudity that actors or performers would often be a victim of in those times. Overall it fails to deliver what it set out to do.