The Color of Lies (Au coeur du mensonge) (1999)
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as Vivianne Sterne
as Rene Sterne
as Frederique Lesage
as Germain-Roland Desmot
as Inspecteur Loudun
as Yvelyne Bordier
as Regis Marchal
as Monsieur Bordier
Critic Reviews for The Color of Lies (Au coeur du mensonge)
It's a well-executed but not that exciting psychological thriller in Brittany.
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Audience Reviews for The Color of Lies (Au coeur du mensonge)
Claude Chabrol was both an amazing and puzzling filmmaker. Though, it seems he went through a bit of a dry spell, he started making highly relevant films again starting in the 1990's through the end of his life. I had forgotten how highly entertaining and interesting this film was until I revisited it again on blu-ray. Just as when I saw it upon its release to US cinemas, it makes me scratch my head. This is not so much a murder mystery as it is a surprisingly fast-paced study of the human condition under crisis. From the very start to the bitter end, the viewer is hooked. Although, he would go on to make better films that fall into this category [ Merci Pour Le Choclat and La Ceremonie come to mind ] -- there is something particularly interesting about this film. Perhaps it seems to "set us up" for a crime caper but delivers something entirely different by the time we arrive to the end. In my opinion, this is very close to a perfectly made film.
An underwhelming plot is really made more than it appears by the excellent performance of the main cast. Sandrine Bonnaire, excellent in her polar fragilities and unforeseen complexities in her portrayed character, develops her role beyond the confines of the plot, and at the end leaves you thinking much more than you'd have expected from a fairly simplistic whodunit (which itself pans out in a boring, unsatisfying finish). See it for the husband-wife-lover dynamic, the human tension that Chabrol is/was much better at exploring when he wasn't trying to do his crime drama.
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