The Truth (La vérité)

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The Truth may not stand with Hirokazu Kore-eda's best work, but it finds the writer-director revisiting familiar themes with a typically sensitive touch.

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Legends of French cinema Catherine Deneuve and Juliette Binoche join masterful filmmaker Hirokazu Koreeda (Shoplifters, Still Walking) to paint a moving portrait of family dynamics in THE TRUTH. Fabienne (Catherine Deneuve) is an aging French movie star who, despite her momentary lapses in memory, 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 their young 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-colored 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.

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  • Using compassion and the slightest touch of syrup, Kore-eda brings his characters to a place where they realize with shock that they're finally on the same page.

    July 16, 2020 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

    Ty Burr

    Boston Globe
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  • It feels like Koreeda used his awesome clout to make the kind of standard picture that we get a dozen of every year.

    July 9, 2020 | Full Review…
  • It's gentle and a little wistful... It's fine, which is not what you expect to say with the people involved, but I enjoyed it.

    July 9, 2020 | Full Review…
  • The new film returns to some of Kore-eda's favorite themes of responsibility, legacy, and the fluidity of roles between parents and children.

    July 7, 2020 | Full Review…
  • Everything - every scene, every line of dialogue - feels like it's working toward a point. Which, when you think about it, is a good way to never actually make a point.

    July 6, 2020 | Full Review…
  • The Truth is layered and offers a treat for those who savor acting on the highest level, but it is a step down from his best films and may hold its strongest appeal for those who label themselves cineastes and art house movie-lovers.

    July 3, 2020 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

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