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The Truth (La Verite)

(French): Catherine Deneuve, Juliette Binoche, and Ethan Hawke star in the latest film by Hirokazu Koreeda, who has given us some brilliant films like The Shoplifters, Like Father, Like Son, and After the Storm. I think that this is his first French-language film. Fabienne is a strong if self-centered actress who has published her memories. Her daughter Lumir comes to France with her husband and daughter. When Lumir reads the book, she realized that many of the things her mother wrote are not factual. This sets off a sometimes-humorous war of wits between mother and daughter. I liked the film for its solid acting. Catherine Deneuve is fantastic in her role; her screen presence exudes magnetism throughout the film, and it is hard to take your eyes from her. While Binoche and Hawke are also strong, this is Deneuve’s film. I liked the humorous take on the mother-daughter relationship, although I felt like some of the humor got missed in translation. The film gets a thumbs up from me. If it weren’t for the strength of Catherine Deneuve’s performance, it would for me have been a mediocre film. I also don’t think it is in the same caliber as Koreeda’s other films. (2020; 3.5 Stars)

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