Saturday, November 2

Special Events ArchiveIFFBoston Fall Focus 2019

IFFBoston Fall Focus: The Truth

$13 General Admission
$11 IFFBoston & Brattle members, students, and seniors*
Brattle Member passes accepted pending availability.

*Limited to one ticket per screening per membership card or Student ID. Tickets bought online must be verified with your valid membership card/ID at time of pick up at the Brattle Box Office. Member discount cannot be combined with other offers.

IFFBoston Fall Focus 2019

Tickets Available Friday 10/18

In English & French w/English subtitles

Hirokazu Kore-eda’s follow-up to his Palme d’Or–winning SHOPLIFTERS transports the Japanese auteur’s ongoing engagement with the machinations of family to Paris, where a tempestuous mother–daughter reunion becomes an opportunity to explore questions of love, art, and responsibility. Kore-eda’s first film made outside his native Japan also provides an opportunity to bring together two acclaimed French actors, Catherine Deneuve and Juliette Binoche, who, along with Ethan Hawke, lead an exquisite ensemble through a story that feels at once absolutely French and absolutely Kore-eda.

Septuagenarian screen legend Fabienne (Deneuve) is charismatic and fiercely talented. She has always prioritized her work above all else. The publication of Fabienne’s memoir precipitates a visit from her long-estranged daughter Lumir (Binoche), a screenwriter, along with Lumir’s actor husband, Hank (Hawke), and their daughter. When Fabienne’s assistant suddenly resigns, Lumir agrees to take over his position just as Fabienne begins work on a science-fiction film. As the women struggle through confrontations on and off set, the contents of Fabienne’s memoir, along with peculiar parallels between the new film and Fabienne’s life, trigger the re-emergence of long-buried resentments.

THE TRUTH brims with well-wrought scenes of tiny, sometimes amusing cruelties, including one in which Fabienne’s dig at the non–French speaking Hank’s acting abilities is not lost in translation. But things move gradually towards a place of new understanding between Fabienne, whose tendency is to save her feelings for the camera, and Lumir, who tries to control her world by writing it into being. The fortitude of their bond is undeniable, even if the truth about their shared past remains elusive.

—Giovanna Fulvi, Toronto International Film Festival

106 min

Directed by:
Hirokazu Kore-eda

Catherine Deneuve
Juliette Binoche
Ethan Hawke
Ludivine Sagnier

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