From master auteur Hirokazu Kore-eda (‘Shoplifters’), THE TRUTH unites French screen icon Catherine Deneuve and Juliette Binoche for the first time, as a movie star diva and her estranged daughter.
The Truth

La vérité
Director: Hirokazu Kore-eda
Cast: Catherine Deneuve, Juliette Binoche, Ethan Hawke, Ludivine Sagnier, Clémentine Grenier, Manon Clavel
Duration: 106 mins
Country of Origin: France

CTC


Subscribe to our mailing list for
updates & screening invitations



The Truth

★★★★★
“Exquisite. Directed with remarkable precision. This is instantly, perhaps inevitably, one of Deneuve’s greatest performances, with Kore-eda transforming the magisterial persona she frequently supplies to other directors into something more complex, tragic and yet defiant.
Kevin Maher, THE TIMES

“Sophisticated and pleasurable. From first shot to last, it’s a film of high wit and confidence and verve, an astonishingly fluid and accomplished act of boundary-leaping. Deneuve gives a magnificent performance: grand, subtle, lacerating and fearless. It’s a must-see.”
Owen Gleiberman, VARIETY

“In every barbed exchange, in every imperious gesture — and especially in those moments when the facade briefly cracks — Deneuve finds riveting notes of fragility beneath Fabienne’s fearsome, formidable self-control. It’s the late-career movie she has always deserved.”
Jessica Kiang, THE PLAYLIST

★★★★
“Delightful. Kore-eda’s understanding of the complexities of familial love and the disappointments of middle age is as wise as ever. A wistful comic pleasure.”
Nicholas Barber, BBC

“Wise and diaphanous. A warm and quietly moving family portrait, with the kind of sensitivity and emotional intelligence that only a master storyteller can bring to the table.”
David Ehrlich, INDIEWIRE

OPENING NIGHT GALA – 2019 VENICE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
SPECIAL PRESENTATION – 2019 TORONTO INTL. FILM FESTIVAL

After the global success of the Cannes Palme d’Or-winning Shoplifters, master auteur Hirokazu Kore-eda’s wry and charming new dramedy THE TRUTH pairs beloved Academy Award nominees Catherine Deneuve and Juliette Binoche for the first time, as a celebrated actress and her estranged daughter whose tentative reunion offers an opportunity to either repair or irrevocably fracture their relationship.

Fabienne (Deneuve) is a star; a much loved, larger-than-life icon of French cinema. When she publishes her memoirs, her screenwriter daughter Lumir (Binoche) returns to Paris from New York for the occasion, with her struggling actor husband Hank (Ethan Hawke) and their inquisitive young daughter Charlotte (Clémentine Grenier) in tow. It comes as no surprise to Lumir that everything in her grand childhood home still revolves around her mother, and as she begins to read Fabienne’s book it becomes clear it’s riddled with omissions and embellishments – especially with regard to her relationship with the great artistic rival of her past, Sarah Mondavan.

Fabienne herself has no time for explanations and small talk; she’s preparing for her next film, a science-fiction drama, cast alongside a rising new talent (Manon Clavel) touted as ‘the next Sarah Mondavan’. When Fabienne’s long-suffering assistant unexpectedly quits, she and Lumir are reluctantly forced into an awkward working relationship, with Lumir revisiting the same film studios where she spent countless hours as a child. As the on and off-set worlds begin to amusingly – and movingly – intertwine, suppressed emotions and secrets can no longer be kept in check…

With a keen knowledge and love of French cinema, Kore-eda lends this hugely enjoyable film the observant, tender eye audiences have come to cherish. This is Deneuve’s most delectable role in years, and she is magnificent; delivering frequent bon mots with insouciance and aplomb. Binoche too is outstanding as the daughter who has had to grow up in the shadow of stardom, and tries to control her world by writing it into being.

Warmly compared to Olivier Assayas’ exquisite Summer Hours by multiple critics upon its Venice premiere, THE TRUTH is a very special cinema experience: a gentle and moving exploration of reality and fiction, family, performance, and the great spectacle of life. It’s a love letter to mothers and daughters everywhere.

The Truth

AUSTRALIAN PREMIERE SEASON COMMENCES BOXING DAY (26 DEC).