False Confessions (Les fausses confidences) (2017)


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Big World Pictures is proud to present the US theatrical release of FALSE CONFESSIONS, a film directed by Luc Bondy, starring Academy Award nominee Isabelle Huppert (Elle), and Louis Garrel (Mon Roi). The film will open at Lincoln Plaza Cinema and at Angelika Film Center in New York on July 14 and at the Laemmle Royal in LA on July 21. A national release will follow. Luc Bondy's final feature film as director draws talent from both stage and screen to bring Marivaux's play into 21st century Paris. Bondy staged the play and directed the movie at the same time, using the same actors for both productions. Isabelle Huppert commands the screen as Araminte, the wealthy widow who unwittingly hires the smitten Dorante (Garrel) as her accountant. Secrets and lies accumulate as Dorante and his accomplice, Araminte's manservant Dubois (Yves Jacques), manipulate not only the good-hearted Araminte, but also her friend and confidante, Marton (Manon Combes). Dorante, by turns pitiable and proficient, but always deferential to his social better, walks a fine line in his quest to arouse an equal desire in the object of his affections. Bulle Ogier delivers a memorable turn as Araminte's mother, who suspects the young man's intentions, but wants to push her daughter into the arms of an aged, hard-up Count (Jean-Pierre Malo). Filmed in part on-site at the Théâtre de l'Odéon, the film blurs the distinction between stage and screen, offering a new turn on this classic take on the psychology of love. After Luc Bondy's death in 2015, his wife Marie-Louise Bischofberger contributed to the completion of FALSE CONFESSIONS to achieve her late husband's vision for the film.

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The essential problem is that artifice for artifice's sake loses its fascination when divorced from human emotion or grand stakes.

Aug 9, 2017 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

Onscreen these devices seem stagey and awkward, and the pacing is slow and clunky.

Jul 20, 2017 | Full Review…

Despite a few playful flourishes, filmmaker Luc Bondy's experiment in artifice never takes flight.

Jul 20, 2017 | Full Review…

To the extent that False Confessions does intermittently succeed, it is due almost entirely to [Huppert's] efforts.

Jul 14, 2017 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

Despite the diurnal setting, several scenes are distractingly overlit, the actors enhaloed by a honey glaze.

Jul 13, 2017 | Full Review…

There is little to recommend here, even for Huppert completists who follow her anywhere.

Jul 13, 2017 | Full Review…

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