It started out as a festival dominated by the return of Terrence Malick, turned into a festival hijacked by the mouth of Lars von Trier, and ended up celebrating Malick.
It screened about 50 movies in various official capacities, while buyers hawked 4,000 more in an adjacent marketplace devoted as much to schlock than art.
And it proved to be a fertile ground for deals, even though the commercial chances for most of the films that screened at the festival are minimal.
(Photo of jury president Robert De Niro flanked by acting winners Kirsten Dunst and Jean Dujardin by Paschal Le Segretain/Getty Images)
The 64th Cannes Film Festival, which ended Sunday...