NON-FICTION
DOUBLES VIES
2019, Sundance Selects, 107 min, France, Dir: Olivier Assayas

Olivier Assayas’ wry, slyly seductive tale of sex, lies, and literature reunites the writer-director with Juliette Binoche (CLOUDS OF SILS MARIA) and Guillaume Canet (TELL NO ONE). Set amidst the bohemian intelligentsia of the Parisian publishing world, this timely comedy traces the romantic and emotional fallout that results when a controversial writer (Vincent Macaigne) begins blurring the line between fact and fiction, using his real-life love affairs - including a passionate fling with an actress (Binoche) who happens to be married to his editor (Canet) - as fodder for his explosive new novel. Balancing dry wit with keen observations on the tensions between art, commerce, and technology, NON-FICTION is a buoyant, breezy delight from a master director at his most effortlessly brilliant. “This is a major entry in a fascinating career - a treat for the director’s devotees as well as French-cinema buffs in general. Powered by a quartet of superb performances - including another jewel-like turn from Juliette Binoche - NON-FICTION begins as a talky study of the Parisian intelligentsia, then gradually tightens its emotional grip. It’s the latest evidence of the director’s gift for tackling grave subjects with the lightest of touches…” – Jon Frosch, Hollywood Reporter.


LET THE SUNSHINE IN
UN BEAU SOLEIL INTÉRIEUR
2017, IFC Films/Sundance Selects, 94 min, France/Belgium, Dir: Claire Denis

Shedding the blood and guts but none of the stinging bite of her previous work on male-female relationships, Claire Denis’ LET THE SUNSHINE IN is a surprisingly caustic romantic comedy about a woman’s search for true love. Taking a narrative stab at French philosopher Roland Barthes’ 1977 book, A Lover's Discourse: Fragments, Denis and screenwriter-novelist Christine Angot examine a woman’s troubled love life as she finds little success beyond carnal gratification. Juliette Binoche plays the frustrated Isabelle, in one of her most riveting performances. “A simple story of enormous complexity. A romantic comedy and drama in which the questioning of those very categories is a part of the action ... a peculiarly insightful glimpse into the emotional fluidity within the formal boundaries of French culture.” - Richard Brody – The New Yorker.


MISSISSIPPI MERMAID
LA SIRÈNE DU MISSISSIPI
1969, The Film Desk, 123 min, France/Italy, Dir: François Truffaut

One of Francois Truffaut’s least-known films stars Jean-Paul Belmondo as a wealthy industrialist living on a remote island in the Indian Ocean who summons a mail-order bride and gets the lovely, double-crossing Catherine Deneuve. When she empties his bank account and disappears, Belmondo follows her back to Europe and straight into a whirlpool of murder and deceit. Based on the Cornell Woolrich novel Waltz Into Darkness, the film is dedicated to Truffaut’s idol, Jean Renoir. “This visually elegant yet frankly emotional romance is about why the best reply to ‘I love you’ might finally be ‘I believe you,’ as it is here." – Janet Maslin, The New York Times.


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