Non-Fiction (Doubles vies)

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Well-acted and sharply written, Non-Fiction finds writer-director Olivier Assayas working in a comedic vein that channels classic forebears while remaining utterly fresh.



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Juliette Binoche and Guillame Canet reunite with acclaimed director Olivier Assayas for this wry, slyly seductive tale of sex, lies, and literature. Set amidst the bohemian intelligentsia of the Parisian publishing world, Non-Fiction traces the romantic and emotional fallout that results when a controversial writer begins blurring the line between fact and fiction, using his real-life love affairs -- including a passionate fling with an actress who happens to be married to his editor -- as fodder for his explosive new novel. Balancing dry wit with keen observations on the tensions between art, commerce, and technology, Non-Fiction is a buoyant, breezy delight from a master director at his most effortlessly brilliant.


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  • It sounds farcical, but it's also a serious work from the writer-director Olivier Assayas and his key performers that interrogates the nature of literary value today through the words of uncommonly rounded and deeply appealing characters.

    Oct 18, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

    Kevin Maher

    Times (UK)
    Top Critic
  • Olivier Assayas is treading water with this amiable but self-indulgent and finally negligible movie about intrigue and adulterous goings-on in the publishing world of Paris.

    Oct 16, 2019 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • It's maybe not going to sit near the top of the director's canon, but it's a nice addition to it.

    Oct 14, 2019 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • Writer-director Olivier Assayas goes looking for one real thing amid a group of French sophisticates who deal in artifice, both as a way of making a living and (with one possible exception) as a way of life.

    Jun 8, 2019 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • In barely disguised code, "Non-Fiction" operates as a wry analysis of Assayas' chosen profession as filmmaker.

    May 30, 2019 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • The cast finesses Assayas's thickets of talk and double-talk with ease, but it's Binoche who's the heart of "Non-Fiction."

    May 24, 2019 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

    Ty Burr

    Boston Globe
    Top Critic

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