Claire, a 50-year-old divorced teacher, creates a fake Facebook profile of a 24-year-old woman. She finds a photo of a pretty young blonde and uses it. She has created an entirely fictional character, but why?
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Claire, a 50-year-old divorced teacher, creates a fake Facebook profile of a 24-year-old woman. She finds a photo of a pretty young brunette online and uses it. She has created an entirely fictional character, but why? Originally she did it to spy on Jo, her on-and-off lover. But Jo only accepts friend requests from people he knows personally. To get to Jo, Claire sends his best-friend Chris a friend request and he accepts. The pair begins to exchange messages and their fake friendship turns into a fake love affair. Claire is in love with Chris and he is in love with her fake profile. Now he wants to meet the 24-year-old beauty he's been chatting with. She invents a busy job, professional trips and even a jealous ex. The more and more in love they are the more the situation becomes unbearable. Claire is torn between the impossibility of this love and the pain of having to admit her deception and risk losing it.
The camera loves Juliette Binoche and in this classy outing the camera is well served. The weather sweeps across a visage that is the pre-eminent visage of French cinema. Micro inflections, mild changes of focus, guttural pauses. All drive the narrative. All reach out and draw in empathy. Yes, there are others; the psychiatrist is stoic, inscrutable but fundamentally compassionate. The male leads are inconsequential and mono dimensional. But it doesn't matter. As for the plot? Well it has to do with social media. But ultimately it's a vehicle for a bravura performance by Binoche. See it and watch the weather.
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