CANNES, France -- Celebrity interviews abound at the Cannes Film Festival: Penelope Cruz chatting on the beach, Harrison Ford talking near the red carpet, Angelina Jolie conversing in a swank hotel. But none of the Cannes dialogues is as strange as Nick Nolte's: He's actually interrogating himself in a small room.
Screening at the Cannes sales market on Thursday and Friday, "Nick Nolte: No Exit" is an almost existential documentary, part self-celebratory profile, part surreal question-and-answer session. While the film does include a range of friends and collaborators talking about the "Affliction" and "Prince of Tides" star's acting -- Ben Stiller and Jacqueline Bisset among them -- its center focuses on Nolte asking himself (and usually answering) his own queries.
At one point early in "No Exit," the 67-year-old actor poses a question to himself about working in the theater, only to growl out the reply, "That's kind of a silly question to ask."
Later, the multi-divorced Nolte asks, "How many wives have you had, Nick?" His response? "Well, that's a good question. How many wives can you have? Come on, come on, come on, let's go on. Next question!"