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The Truth
(La vérité)

Hirokazu Kore-eda

Those of us who have discovered the pleasures of Hirokazu Kore-eda’s deceptively simple films about Japanese family life, such as Nobody Knows, I Wish, and the Palme D’Or winner Shoplifters, would probably be content for him to keep working in this vein forever. But Kore-eda likes to stretch himself; and that is exactly what he is doing in The Truth. His first film made outside Japan, The Truth sees him working in both French and English and joining forces with two genuine stars: Catherine Deneuve and Juliet Binoche.

Deneuve plays a legendary French actress and Binoche her estranged daughter. When the former publishes a self-flattering memoir called ‘The Truth’, the latter returns to France with her husband (Ethan Hawke) and daughter in tow to confront her mother and tell her side of the story.

Often, when great directors outgrow their national cinema and graduate to international projects, the results are disappointing. But Kore-eda avoids the usual pitfalls by staying remarkably true to himself. The setting might be Paris this time, but this is still a film about family, handled with Kore-eda’s usual sensitivity. Hawke is his usual reliable self, but is well aware that this film belongs to Deneuve and Binoche. Watching these two giants of French cinema go toe to toe is an absolute delight, and Kore-eda has built a typically humane and ultimately very warm film around them.