Masterful Japanese writer-director Hirokazu Kore-eda (‘Shoplifters’) teams up with two French acting legends, and revisits familiar themes with a typically sensitive touch.
Fabienne (Catherine Deneuve) is an aging French movie star who 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 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-coloured 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. Kore-eda transforms the magisterial persona that Deneuve frequently supplies to other directors into something more complex, tragic and yet defiant. (Subtitles)
France/Japan 2019 Hirokazu Kore-eda 106m