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

La vérité
Director: Kore-eda Hirokazu
Cast: Catherine Deneuve, Juliette Binoche, Ethan Hawke, Ludivine Sagnier, Clémentine Grenier, Manon Clavel
Duration: 107 mins
Country of Origin: France/Japan

CTCMild themes, sexual references and coarse language

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“Excellent. An absolute masterwork. Wonderfully directed, Kore-eda tackles themes of parents and children that he’s explored throughout his career, transposing them to the seductively glamorous and well-heeled context of a show business family, using the idea of fiction – the fiction of filmmaking but also of celebrity narrative – to explore troubling questions around motherhood and career. Very intelligent… so deep with what it says about the roles we play. An extraordinarily insightful and generous film.”

“Very cleverly constructed. Kore-eda confronts memory, selfishness and long-simmering resentment between mother and child, but in quite a gentle way. It is actually a reflection of Deneuve, herself a grand diva of French cinema. And she is superb. The compassion of this Japanese master shines through. There’s so much to enjoy in this film.”
Margaret Pomeranz, FOXTEL ARTS SCREEN

“Works splendidly. A gentle film composed of many delights.”
David Stratton, THE AUSTRALIAN

“Glorious to watch. Warm, witty and emotionally perceptive.”

“Delightful. Unfolds in the most satisfying way. If you like complex human studies directed and realised with the utmost finesse, make sure you put this one on your holiday viewing list.”
Julian Wood, FILMINK

“Elegant and delightful. Absolutely fascinating and full of interesting ideas – it sucks you right in. I really enjoyed it.”

“Delightful. A rich film that explores the murky area between fact and fiction, probing just what it is exactly that makes a family. There are subtle and distinguished performances from the entire cast, coaxed by a director whose work, above all, exudes empathy.”

“Absorbing. An exploration of our attachment to the idea of truth that plays in a very Shakespearean way with questions of performance and reality.”

“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


After the global success of the Cannes Palme d’Or-winning Shoplifters, master auteur Kore-eda Hirokazu’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 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. 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, sly 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.

Director Kore-eda Hirokazu attends the Australian Premiere at Sydney’s Hayden Orpheum Picture Palace (16/11/19) and the Melbourne Premiere at the Astor Theatre (19/11/19)

“Moment of Truth” – Catherine Deneuve & Kore-eda Hirokazu with SMH/The Age‘s Stephanie Bunbury (20/12/19)

“Kore-eda Hirokazu on ‘The Truth’, Catherine Deneuve and writing female roles” – interview with Filmed in Ether‘s Hieu Chau (2/12/19)

“Director Kore-eda on his subtle, layered family drama and the stories well tell ourselves” – interview with The Canberra Times‘s Jane Freebury (7/12/19)

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