Movie beauty Penelope Cruz is so overwhelmed by the "crazy" surroundings at the Cannes Film Festival, she's constantly on the phone to her family to keep her sane.

Cruz, ex-girlfriend of Tom Cruise, finds the celebrity-laden French event, which kicked off last week (ends14MAY04), a little too unreal for her to cope with.

She says, "I'm always on the phone with my family and my friends. I really miss them - especially when I'm in a crazy place like this. I need to talk to them.

"It's a celebration of movies and it's a great thing, but you need some (balance). I need my family."

19/05/2004 09:36