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THE TRUTH (2019)
LA VERITÉ
2020, IFC Films, 106 min, France/Japan/Switzerland, Dir: Hirokazu Kore-eda

Fabienne (Catherine Deneuve) is an aging French movie star who, despite her momentary lapses in memory, remains a venerable force to be reckoned with. Upon the publication of her memoirs, her daughter Lumir (Juliette Binoche) returns to Paris from New York with her husband (Ethan Hawke) and their young daughter to commemorate its release. A sharp and funny battle of wits ensues between the mother-daughter duo, as Lumir takes issue with Fabienne's rose-colored version of the past. Reflected cleverly by Fabienne's latest role in a sci-fi drama, their strained relationship takes a poignant journey toward possible reconciliation. Charming, bold, and imbued with endless emotional insight, THE TRUTH offers a relatable look at human relationships, featuring exquisite performances from its all-star cast.


SHOPLIFTERS
MANBIKI KAZOKU
2018, Magnolia Pictures, 121 min, Dir: Hirokazu Kore-eda

“Whatever’s in a store doesn’t belong to anyone yet.” That’s the motto of Osamu Shibata (Lily Franky), patriarch of a loving, if larcenous, family living on the margins of Tokyo. When the Shibatas take in a neglected 5-year old, they show her the ropes of shoplifting, but the girl’s arrival brings unforeseen consequences. The Palme d’Or winner at the 2018 Cannes International Film Festival. “This wise and insightful film is delicate, poignant and unexpectedly powerful. More than that, under Kore-eda’s sensitive, casually assured direction, SHOPLIFTERS imperceptibly deepens as it goes on, revealing secrets and lies and expanding its emotional effect on the way to its moving ending.” – Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times.


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