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Non-Fiction

Olivier Assayas

Drama, Literary

FrenchEnglish SubtitlesFrance2018106 min

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Overview

Alain (Guillaume Canet) is a long-successful Parisian publisher struggling to adapt to the digital revolution—within the first few moments of his introduction, he’s ranting about Twitter to a client—but he’s got other problems as well. For one, he feels compelled to reject the latest manuscript of longtime author Léonard, as a retread of previous works that wallow in autobiographical infidelities and indiscretions. For another, his marriage to Selena (Juliette Binoche) has grown stale—yet shouldn’t their mutual affairs, in typical French fashion, be bringing them closer together?

Acclaimed writer/director Olivier Assayas (Clouds of Sils Maria, DFF37; Personal Shopper) pits his whip-smart characters against each other in banter so brisk and brilliant it’s a challenge as well as a joy to keep up in this voluble romp, powered by the friction between what people talk about and what's actually happening to them.

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Producer: Charles Gillibert | Editor: Simon Jacquet | Cinematographer: Yorick Le Saux | Screenwriter: Olivier Assayas
Cast: Guillaume Canet, Juliette Binoche, Vincent Macaigne, Christa Théret, Nora Hamzawi