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Lost Illusions

Lost Illusions image - a film by Xavier Giannoli
Lost Illusions image - a film by Xavier Giannoli
Lost Illusions image - a film by Xavier Giannoli
Lost Illusions image - a film by Xavier Giannoli
Lost Illusions image - a film by Xavier Giannoli
Lost Illusions image - a film by Xavier Giannoli
Lost Illusions image - a film by Xavier Giannoli
Lost Illusions image - a film by Xavier Giannoli
Lost Illusions image - a film by Xavier Giannoli
Lost Illusions image - a film by Xavier Giannoli
Lost Illusions image - a film by Xavier Giannoli
Lost Illusions image - a film by Xavier Giannoli
COMING TO CINEMAS IN 2022
Lost Illusions poster - a film by Xavier Giannoli
A masterpiece.
Jacky Bornet
CULTUREBOX, FRANCETV
Superb. A dazzling modern fresco.
Yves Jaeglé
LE PARISIEN
A sumptuous and surprisingly au courant cinematic retelling of Balzac’s masterwork
Peter Debruge
VARIETY
With its stellar performances, dramatic orchestral score and rich costume and set design, 'Lost Illusions' is a grand, sweeping narrative of love, lust and literary ambition.
Lovia Gyarke
THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER
Absurdly extravagant… stuffed with elaborately dressed sets, costumes that could be in museums and every French star you can remember.
Stephanie Bunbury
DEADLINE
Not only a meaty and provocative adaptation of a Balzac gem, but also one of the funniest and most romantic films of the year.
Adam Solomons
LITTLE WHITE LIES
Director: Xavier Giannoli
Cast: Benjamin Voisin, Cécile de France, Vincent Lacoste, Xavier Dolan, Jeanne Balibar, Gérard Depardieu, Louis-do Lencquesaing
Duration: 149mins
Country of Origin: France
CTC
A masterpiece.
Jacky Bornet
CULTUREBOX, FRANCETV
Superb. A dazzling modern fresco.
Yves Jaeglé
LE PARISIEN
A sumptuous and surprisingly au courant cinematic retelling of Balzac’s masterwork
Peter Debruge
VARIETY
With its stellar performances, dramatic orchestral score and rich costume and set design, 'Lost Illusions' is a grand, sweeping narrative of love, lust and literary ambition.
Lovia Gyarke
THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER
Absurdly extravagant… stuffed with elaborately dressed sets, costumes that could be in museums and every French star you can remember.
Stephanie Bunbury
DEADLINE
Not only a meaty and provocative adaptation of a Balzac gem, but also one of the funniest and most romantic films of the year.
Adam Solomons
LITTLE WHITE LIES

2022 LUMIERE AWARDS – NOMINEE (x5) – Best Film, Director, Actor, Screenplay & Cinematography
OFFICIAL SELECTION – 2021 VENICE INTERNATINAL FILM FESTIVAL
OFFICIAL SELECTION – 2021 SAN SEBASTIAN FILM FESTIVAL
OFFICIAL SELECTION – 2021 ZURICH INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL

An all-star cast dazzles in the spectacular and exhilarating new film by Xavier Giannoli (The Singer, Marguerite), an adaptation of Balzac’s classic novel about a young idealist who learns that anything can be bought and sold.

1821. Handsome poet Lucien (Benjamin Voisin, in a star-making turn) is poor, but highly ambitious. Failing to make a name for himself in his provincial hometown, he naively follows his married patroness (a radiant Cécile de France) to the glamorous beau monde of Paris. 

But Lucien has entered a society far more dangerous than he realised, and the venomous denizens of the salons (brought to life by a superb ensemble including Jeanne Balibar, Gerard Depardieu and Xavier Dolan) conspire to keep him out of their ranks. Lucien is forced to abandon his principles and find work at a low-brow newspaper, where his scathing critiques soon cause a sensation and arouse the interest of admirers and publishers. But in a society where profit and status rule, what is really left for Lucien?

Epic in scope and impact, LOST ILLUSIONS is an eerily prescient fable bracingly attuned to the anxieties of the modern media age. This is grand French cinema at its most lavish, and finest.

Lost Illusions poster - a film by Xavier Giannoli
COMING TO CINEMAS IN 2022