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Libération, May 13, 2015

“Let the party begin!” The 68th Cannes Film Festival kicks off today and it looks like it’s going to be a hard one to choose from for jury co-presidents, American filmmaker brothers Joel and Ethan Coen.

In its cover story, French daily Libération notes with a splash of irony that there are ever more English-speaking movies presented with impressive Hollywood casts. Vanity Fair offers a selection of 18 movies to keep an eye on.

This year, the Festival shines the spotlight on women. French actor Lambert Wilson (Matrix, Babylon A.D.) will be the master of the opening ceremony and, in his speech, he decided to “oppose the situations of leading women in movies and women that are silenced in certain countries.” Actresses Catherine Deneuve and Sophie Marceau are expected to be the first stars on the red carpet tonight.


ABOUT THE SOURCE: Libération is a leading French daily newspaper founded in 1973 by writer and philosopher Jean-Paul Sartre. Based in Paris, it is known for its leftist politics and often irreverent front pages.

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Face In The Mirror: Dutch Hairdressers Trained To Recognize Domestic Violence

Early detection and accessible help are essential in the fight against domestic violence. Hairdressers in the Dutch province of North Brabant are now being trained to identify when their customers are facing abuse at home.

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TILBURG — The three hairdressers in the bare training room of the hairdressing company John Beerens Hair Studio are absolutely sure: they have never seen signs of domestic violence among their customers in this city in the Netherlands. "Or is that naïve?"

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All three have been in the business for years and have a loyal clientele. Sometimes they have customers crying in the chair because of a divorce. According to Irma Geraerts, 45, who has her own salon in Reusel, a village in the North Brabant region, they're part-time psychologists. "A therapist whose hair I cut explained to me that we have an advantage because we touch people. We are literally close. The fact that we stand behind people and make eye contact via the mirror also helps."

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