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La Vérité

4 ****
The Guardian


 

Drama - 2019 - French

 

A stormy reunion between scriptwriter Lumir with her famous mother and actress, Fabienne, against the backdrop of Fabienne's autobiographic book and her latest role in a Sci-Fi picture as a daughter of a mother who never grows old.

Director:

Hirokazu Kore-eda

Writers:

Hirokazu Kore-eda, Ken Liu

Stars:

Catherine Deneuve, Juliette Binoche, Ethan Hawke, Ludivine Sagnier.

1 hr 46 mins

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Rating - 6.5

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Rating - 98%

“I never tell the naked truth,” says legendary French actress Fabienne (Catherine Deneuve) to her daughter Lumir (Juliette Binoche). “It’s not interesting.” 

Fabienne is justifying the numerous fabrications and omissions in her new memoir, but she could also be talking about her approach to acting—or to life itself. Hirokazu Kore-eda’s “The Truth” toys with the significance, definition, and symbolism of its title. If the naked truth is indeed dull, does dressing it up make it any less valid?

- RogerErbert.com