Directed by Hirokazu Kore-eda
France, Japan / 106 mins / PG
Palme d’Or winner Kore-eda presents his first film shot outside of his native Japan. The Truth tells the story of prima donna actress Fabienne, whose newly published memoirs are challenged by her daughter, Lumir.
Screenwriter Lumir visits her mother with her TV actor husband, Hank, and their child. The reunion begins with a premeditated confrontation as Lumir dives straight into questioning her mother about the honesty of her account. When Fabienne’s long-serving assistant resigns, Lumir steps in to help with her mother’s current film project.
While working together, they discover an actress on the film with an uncanny resemblance to a deceased actress: an ex-colleague of Fabienne who took care of Lumir when she was a child. As the ghost of the past looms larger between mother and daughter, Fabienne is forced to reassess her life and her relationships.
The Truth continues the recurrent theme of relationships being haunted by the past in Kore-eda’s work, from Maborosi (1995) through Distance (2001), and Still Walking (2008). The film questions what makes a family, and how family members negotiate the complex cruelty of truths and the kindness of lies. Kore-eda elicits superb performances from his starry cast, among the best actors working today. Once again, he proves his mastery of portraying human relationships, not lost in translation.
ABOUT THE DIRECTOR
Hirokazu Kore-eda began his career in documentary filmmaking. His debut feature film, Maborosi (1995) was selected for the Venice Film Festival. His films have since marked his status as a key festival auteur, with Like Father, Like Son (2013) winning the Jury Prize at the Cannes Film Festival before Shoplifters won the Palme d’Or in 2018. All his films present nuanced depictions of human relationships.
CAST & INFORMATION
Catherine Deneuve, Juliette Binoche, Ethan Hawke, Clémentine Grenier, Ludivine Sagnier
Golden Village Grand
Sun, 1 Dec 2019 / 7:00 PM
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