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Double Lives (2018)

Doubles vies (original title)
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Set in the Parisian publishing world, an editor and an author find themselves in over their heads, as they cope with a middle-age crisis, the changing industry and their wives.

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Olivier Assayas

Writer:

Olivier Assayas
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Guillaume Canet ... Alain Danielson
Juliette Binoche ... Selena
Vincent Macaigne ... Léonard Spiegel
Christa Théret ... Laure d'Angerville
Nora Hamzawi ... Valérie
Pascal Greggory Pascal Greggory ... Marc-Antoine Rouvel
Laurent Poitrenaux Laurent Poitrenaux ... Maxime Caron
Sigrid Bouaziz ... L'amie éditrice
Lionel Dray Lionel Dray ... L'ami éditeur
Nicolas Bouchaud ... David
Antoine Reinartz ... Blaise, le libraire d'Arles
Aurélia Petit Aurélia Petit ... Invitée de Marc-Antoine
Thierry de Peretti Thierry de Peretti ... Invité de Marc-Antoine
Violaine Gillibert ... Paloma, l'amie de Marc-Antoine
Jean-Luc Vincent Jean-Luc Vincent ... Carsten
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Set in the Parisian publishing world, an editor and an author find themselves in over their heads, as they cope with a middle-age crisis, the changing industry and their wives.

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

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Rated R for some language and sexuality/nudit | See all certifications »
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Country:

France

Language:

French

Release Date:

3 May 2019 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Double Lives See more »

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Olivier Assayas' statement for the film: "Our world is in constant change. It has always been. The issue is our ability to keep an eye on that flux, to understand what is truly at stake, and then adapt, or not. After all, that is what politics and opinion are about. The digitization of our world and its reduction to algorithms is the modern vector of a change that unrelentingly confuses and overwhelms us. Digital economy infringes rules, and often laws. Moreover it questions whatever seemed most stable and solid in society and the reality around us, only to dissolve on mere contact. Doubles vies is not about analyzing the workings of the new economy. Its more modest intent is to observe how those questions beleaguer us, personally, emotionally, and sometimes humorously." See more »

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Not for the general audience
12 September 2018 | by ArtistGrlSee all my reviews

As a fan of European films with an intellectual spark and some witty humor, I was expecting to enjoy this. Despite a slow start, I kept hoping for an eventual improvement, but the film just dragged on and on, repeating the same idea in many different settings, to the point of exhaustion, for 108 tedious minutes.

While there were a couple of funny moments, they were too few and far apart. As far as the story went, there was not much beyond the initial concept. As a character-driven film, I found most characters to be flat and unrelatable, particularly the protagonist and his romantic interests. The minor development at the end felt forced and out of place.

Since I saw this at the Toronto Film Festival, a Q&A followed at the end. Unlike other public screenings that I've attended so far, most questions this time came from people in the film industry, who themselves mentioned that they could probably better relate to the book publishing industry, thus this film, than most. Since I'm not of the industry nor a French speaker, I could only hope that some of its charm lost in translation.


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