Harlan Jacobson’s Talk Cinema
The Truth (La verité)
Directed by Hirokazu Kore-eda
$18 / $16 Speed and Alliance Française members / Free for Cinephile members
“Kore-eda once again captures the intricacies of the human condition.”—Alonso Duralde, The Wrap
Legends of French cinema Catherine Deneuve and Juliette Binoche join masterful filmmaker Hirokazu Kore-eda (Shoplifters, Still Walking) to paint a moving portrait of family dynamics in The Truth. Fabienne (Catherine Deneuve) is an aging French movie star who, despite her increasingly frequent lapses in memory, remains a venerable force to be reckoned with. Upon the publication of Fabienne’s 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 embellished version of the past. Reflected cleverly by Fabienne’s latest film role, 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 all all-star cast. 2019, France, DCP, in English and French with English subtitles, 107 minutes. Rated PG.
Talk Cinema is programmed by the esteemed film critics and film curators Harlan and Susan Jacobson, features a sneak preview screening of an art house film prior to its release followed by a discussion.
Past films have included Portrait of a Lady on Fire, The Two Popes, Pain and Glory, The Farewell, Waves, Moonlight, Shoplifters, Lady Bird, The Florida Project, and I, Tonya.