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The Man Who Lies (1968)

L'homme qui ment (original title)
On the run from pursuing soldiers, a man hides in a small European town.
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Jan Robin / Boris Varissa
Sylvie Bréal ...
Maria
Zuzana Kocúriková ...
Laura
Dominique Prado ...
Lisa, the barmaid
Catherine Robbe-Grillet ...
Druggist
Sylvie Turbová ...
Sylvia
Ivan Mistrík ...
Jean
Dusan Blaskovic ...
Taverner
Jozef Kroner ...
Franz (as Jozef Króner)
Jozef Cierny ...
Father
Július Vasek ...
Vladimír
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On the run from pursuing soldiers, a man hides in a small European town.

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Drama | War

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27 March 1968 (France)  »

Also Known As:

Czlowiek, który klamie  »

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

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The untrustworthy narrator
15 July 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

An exercise in duplicitous narration taken to its logical extreme. Nothing the protagonist says about himself or the past can be believed, including his identity: he introduces himself as "Jean Robin", then tells us that he is really "Boris Viasso", and relates the tale of his wartime comrade in the resistance, Jean Robin, who is first portrayed as a hero, then implied to be a traitor. Or was it Viasso himself who was the traitor? Or, since he seems unrecognized in the village, is he merely trying to insinuate himself into the household of three beautiful women: the widow, sister and maid of the late Robin? Robbe-Grillet plays his customary brilliant games with narrative and imagery. There are women in blindfolds, women bound with ropes; a broken glass; death by broken balustrade. All the characters wear contemporary clothing, even in "flashback" to the wartime past, when they interact with soldiers in WWII garb. Beautiful Czech locales - forests, a crumbling castle, a labyrinthine cavern - are filmed in sumptuous black-and-white by Igor Luthor. A memorable sequence of betrayal, with freeze-frames, featuring A R-G's wife, Catherine.

A provocative treat from this great and under-rated master of cinema.

Seen at BAM on July 14, 2008.


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