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Doherty panned - but still hopeful

Pete Doherty may get more acting roles - even though his debut film has been widely panned by critics.

The ex-Libertines frontman stars in Confession Of A Child Of The Century, an adaptation of French writer Alfred de Musset's autobiographical novel of the same name, which premiered at the Cannes Film Festival this week.

Directed by France's Sylvie Verheyde, he appears as Octave, a young man in 19th-century France who is betrayed by his mistress and sinks into despair and debauchery.

The death of his father takes him to the country where he meets Brigitte, played by Charlotte Gainsbourg, who is a young widow and 10 years his elder, and quickly falls in love.

The Guardian newspaper said of the film that "Pete Doherty's performance as a philosophising dandy is as catastrophic as the rest of this insufferable film", and more reviews followed in the same vein.

But it appears not to have hampered the 33-year-old's chances of starring in another film.

He told Screen magazine he has been approached by French director Philippe Grandrieux to star in his new project, which Pete has not yet committed to.

"We went out for a little stroll by the canal," he said. "He told me about this character - an English guy who comes to Paris, a real crackhead who falls in love with all these women."

The musician, who has had recurring problems with drugs, alcohol and driving offences and has served time in prison, said he was flattered when Philippe told him he wrote the screenplay with a picture of him on his desk.

Confession Of A Child Of The Century is in the running for a prize in the Cannes festival's new talent sidebar competition, Un Certain Regard, where the jury is headed by British actor Tim Roth.

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