Up 1,392 this week

The Man Who Lies (1968)
"L'homme qui ment" (original title)

 |  Drama, War  |  27 March 1968 (France)
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 6.9/10 from 350 users  
Reviews: 2 user | 21 critic

On the run from pursuing soldiers, a man hides in a small European town.

0Check in

IMDb Picks: May

Visit our IMDb Picks section to see our recommendations of movies and TV shows coming out in May, sponsored by COVERGIRL.

Visit the IMDb Picks section

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 338 titles
created 05 Jan 2012
list image
a list of 156 titles
created 03 Jan 2014
a list of 41 titles
created 7 months ago
a list of 948 titles
created 3 months ago
a list of 10 titles
created 2 months ago

Related Items

Search for "The Man Who Lies" on

Connect with IMDb

Share this Rating

Title: The Man Who Lies (1968)

The Man Who Lies (1968) on IMDb 6.9/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of The Man Who Lies.
2 wins & 1 nomination. See more awards »
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Drama | Fantasy | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

Walter is told by his boss, Sara, to deliver an urgent letter to Henri de Corinthe. On the way he finds a beautiful woman he had been eying in a nightclub, lying in the road, bound up. He ... See full summary »

Director: Alain Robbe-Grillet
Stars: Daniel Mesguich, Cyrielle Clair, Daniel Emilfork
L'Immortelle (1963)
Certificate: M Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

A sad man meets a beautiful, secretive woman who may or may not be involved in some conspiracy ring dealing in kidnapped women used as prostitutes. After several days of their sadly ... See full summary »

Director: Alain Robbe-Grillet
Stars: Françoise Brion, Jacques Doniol-Valcroze, Guido Celano
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

An orientalist professor researching Delacroix's North African work becomes entangled in an S&M waking dream in Morocco.

Director: Alain Robbe-Grillet
Stars: James Wilby, Arielle Dombasle, Dany Verissimo-Petit
Fiesta (1995)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  
Director: Pierre Boutron
Stars: Jean-Louis Trintignant, Grégoire Colin, Marc Lavoine
Drama | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

Recovering from an attempted suicide, a man is selected to participate in a time travel experiment that has only been tested on mice. A malfunction in the experiment causes the man to ... See full summary »

Director: Alain Resnais
Stars: Claude Rich, Olga Georges-Picot, Anouk Ferjac
Splendor (1989)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

Splendor is the name of an old movie theater managed by Jordan (Mastroianni), who inherited it from his father. The theater is in decay and only generates debts and trouble, but Jordan gets... See full summary »

Director: Ettore Scola
Stars: Marcello Mastroianni, Massimo Troisi, Marina Vlady
The Evil Eye (1963)
Mystery | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

A tourist witnesses a murder and finds herself caught up in a series of bloody killings.

Director: Mario Bava
Stars: Letícia Román, John Saxon, Valentina Cortese
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

Takes place in a chateau, an ambiguous story of a man and a woman who may or may not have met last year at Marienbad.

Director: Alain Resnais
Stars: Delphine Seyrig, Giorgio Albertazzi, Sacha Pitoëff
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

A group of French students are drawn into the psychological and sexual games of a mysterious Dutchman. Once they sample his "fear powder" the students experience a series of hallucinations.

Director: Alain Robbe-Grillet
Stars: Catherine Jourdan, Pierre Zimmer, Richard Leduc
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

A film director, Jean, his producer, Marc, and his assistant, Lucette, board the Trans-Europ-Express in Paris bound for Antwerp. Once in their compartment it occurs to them that the drama ... See full summary »

Director: Alain Robbe-Grillet
Stars: Jean-Louis Trintignant, Marie-France Pisier, Christian Barbier
Fantasy | Horror | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

A young woman is questioned by the police and the judges, suspected of being a modern witch. The girl who shared her apartment has been found dead, and a pair of scisors impaled through her... See full summary »

Director: Alain Robbe-Grillet
Stars: Anicée Alvina, Olga Georges-Picot, Michael Lonsdale
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
Director: Alain Robbe-Grillet
Stars: Catherine Jourdan, Pierre Zimmer, Richard Leduc


Cast overview:
Jan Robin / Boris Varissa
Sylvie Bréal ...
Zuzana Kocúriková ...
Dominique Prado ...
Lisa, the barmaid
Catherine Robbe-Grillet ...
Sylvie Turbová ...
Ivan Mistrík ...
Dusan Blaskovic ...
Jozef Kroner ...
Franz (as Jozef Króner)
Jozef Cierny ...
Július Vasek ...


On the run from pursuing soldiers, a man hides in a small European town.

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis


Drama | War




| |


Release Date:

27 March 1968 (France)  »

Also Known As:

Czlowiek, który klamie  »

Filming Locations:


Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

See  »

Did You Know?


During the graveyard scene, Jean-Louis Trintignant's character leans against a grave with name "Boris Varissa" on it. See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

way below par
17 October 2008 | by (one step beyond) – See all my reviews

I saw this movie this summer, at a French movies festival centered on the French New Wave. Circumstances allowed me to compare this with another of Robbe-Grillet's films, Trans-Europ Express. While the latter was fairly interesting (as a story set up on-the-spot, with its author, his wife and a friend negotiating what should happen now when Trintignant and the others are already acting), this was pretty much a disaster. A lot of things which worked well in the other ARG movie are hit-and-miss here. There, the fictitious story allowed for a flat, easy read - it's all a trick, there's nothing worth considering. The story of Boris Varissa/Jean Robin, on the other hand, seems to urge the viewer to set up a huge critical apparatus - only to give him back nothing more than a set of more or less unrelated cuts. On a very theoretical plane, The Man Who Lies could be viewed as a very critical essay on the French collaboration during the war and/or on the falsifying effect produced by a memory that wishes to become something else. Varissa could be one of the bad, a traitor, and the movie a sort of dream-like vision of his - maybe a plain nightmare. However, if we dismiss this interpretation - there isn't too much left. As a study in narratology it's too long and boring. As a piece of surrealism, it's unconvincing and irrelevant. I guess what makes this movie less significant than Trans-Europ Express is the fact that while there being artsy-fartsy was actually part of the game, here it's irritating. One note, however: although I find The Man Who Lies to be a trifle less convincing than Trans-Europ Express, it *was* that much more inspiring. Still, Robbe-Grillet's movie-making is boredom-inducing.

10 of 30 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Discuss The Man Who Lies (1968) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for: