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8/10
Definitely deserves a better score
zekigiritli6 October 2019
6,3 is a little bit mean for this film. At least the acting is wonderful. Catherine Deneuve and Juliette Binoche have very successful performances. The subtle humor through the film makes it more lively. The plot is not super innovative but it is still interesting to see the dilemmas of an actress.
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7/10
Deneuve Is Magnificent
holly-4ever18 December 2019
This film is not what one may expect. Trailers leave one to think it's dramatic, but it's mostly a dramedy (comedy/drama), leaning more towards comedy. Deneuve has impeccable comedic timing, and it's a surprising side of her that many don't get to see in her numerous other films. Some reviews describe her character, Fabienne, as a narcissist, but those are clearly people who don't know what true narcissists are like. One can say that Fabienne is somewhat self-absorbed, though given that she's an actress, she is rather self-aware and not as selfish as one would expect (if you know the entertainment industry). Binoche and Deneuve have excellent chemistry on screen, and the difficulty in their relationship plays off well: both stylistically and emotionally. The film is a gentle view of a mother-daughter relationship that has been built on misunderstandings from two people who are quite different in their approach to the world around them. There are many laughs, but a few tears, awaiting the audience. It's one of Deneuve's best roles in a few years and she gives it her all. Binoche provides the more tangible emotions of the film, but don't let Fabienne (Deneuve) fool you into thinking she doesn't care or feel much at all. And that is the Truth.
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8/10
Truth or Dare?
jamesmoule8 January 2020
Fabienne, an ageing French film star (Catherine Deneuve) has written an autobiography which disappoints her colleagues and puzzles her screen-writer daughter (Juliette Binoche). It appears to be a work of fiction "based on a true story". (Think "The Moon's a Balloon" by David Niven). But what is "the truth"? Is it how we remember the past or is it immutable? As Rudi Giuliani would say "Truth isn't true"? There isn't much plot development but the character depth is wonderfully exposed. Who was loyal? Who was faithful? The acting is outstanding, as one would expect, seeing the cast list. Particularly impressive is the bilingual dialogue, especially from Binoche who seems to speak both English and French as a native. Also outstanding is the child actress playing Binoche's daughter. This is a thought-provoking work, a tour de force by mature (and junior) professionals.
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6/10
Surprisingly okay....and not much more
MartinHafer3 November 2019
The Japanese filmmaker Hirokazu Koreeda is famous for focusing on some of the darker aspects of what it is to be Japanese. Some folks in his homeland (including some politicians) have criticized his films for exposing these problem....though many film buffs have loved these same films. It's surprising, then, when you watch "The Truth"....not just because it has an all French and American cast but because unlike his films such as "Like Father, Like Son" and "Shoplifters", he DOES pull his punches and more often than not avoids pushing boundaries! As a result, my daughter and I enjoyed the film but were also very disappointed.

The film stars Catherine Deneuve and Juliet Binoche as a self-absorbed mother and her frustrated daughter during a visit. And, amazingly, by the end of the story, nothing much happens....few sparks and the big confrontation scene you expect (because the daughter deservedly resents her mother) never really materialize and the mother somehow receives absolution though she did little to merit it....again, NOT like what you'd expect in a Hirokazu Koreeda movie.

Overall, the acting was good but the story itself a bit flat.
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8/10
Truth(s)
t-viktor21218 November 2019
The italian title, which translates to the plural form "Le Verità" the singular form of the original french 'La Vérité', encompasses perfectly the topic of the film. On the surface it might seem an average comedy, but with this idea in mind, a viewer can decode a set of very interesting hints that are well-hidden (or well shown) throughout the motion picture.

La Vérité reminded me much of an Ingmar Bergman film that is dear to me, Autumn Sonata. There are several common elements: both films focus on a mother-daughter relationship, in both films the daughter has to cope with the difficulties of her mother being a celebrity, both films are spacially tight. Bergman's movie is definitely a timeless masterpiece, but Koreega's movie still manages to stand on its own.

The premise of the plot is that Catherine Deneuve's character wrote an autobiography in which she seems to embellish her past, specifically, her motherhood. Juliette Binoche's character, the daughter who came in visit with her family, soon finds these alterations and tries to inquiry about them. Next to this, Deneuve's character accepted a role in a movie solely to work with an emerging actress who resembles a now deceased friend of her.

Quite obviously, truth is the central theme to the movie. Being an actress, Deneuve's character is continuously hard to read. As she strumentalizes real emotions to enhance her acting performance, her truth is always nebulous, she sometimes seems to be honest, but lies about her feelings. On the other hand, her daughter gradually gets to know her better and is able to figure some form of truth. The combination of the two elements drives on the plot. Truth(s) is an element that comes up everywhere, starting from a certain pet turtle that lives in Deneuve's character's garden, up to the continuous alternation of reality and fiction while the actress is on the film set, up to the point that she has to rely on her acting skills to sincerely apologize to a beloved character. Saying more would spoil the movie.

Female characters receive most space in the movie: not only Deneuve's and Binoche's, but also Manon Clavell's character, the actress who Deneuve works with, as well as Deneuve's character's niece, all have a central role in the story. Ethan Hawke's character feels tosses to the side and frankly irrelevant. The otherwise well-known and talented actor gets very few lines, and has to rely on a sometimes maybe too exaggerated set of gestures and expressions.

I haven't seen other Koreeda films. This movie was interesting enough though to make me consider seeing his other works.
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7/10
What a duet! Deneuve and Binoche
tm-sheehan24 February 2020
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Er daughter Charlotte played so delightfully by Clémentine Grenier when she tells her Grandmother of her desire to be a great actress like Fabienne. This young actress had never set foot on a movie set before yet gives one of the most natural child performances I've seen in a while I hope we see more of Clémentine in future movies. In the most significant male role in the film Ethan Hawke as the not so famous actor but loving husband and father is also impressive especially at the family dinner scene when Fabienne keeps filling his glass full of red wine after his voluntary abstinence.

While subtitles have improved greatly I felt some of the subtlety of the original language must suffer in any Foreign Language film. I remember many years ago at a Cinema in Paris watching the Graduate and Howard's End dubbed in French but with English subtitles and some of the translation was ludicrous but International films in their original language are so worth seeing .Even if we lose a little of the intended script in subtitles. I'm sure if you understood Korean fluently that the English subtitles in the film "Parasite" would have some strange interpretations.
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6/10
A missed oppurtunity at a great comedy
alicankunt25 January 2020
A lackluster screenplay from an otherwise a very talented director gives way to this underwhelming drama with actors of star levels on their own. The film is structured mostly as a drama but the comedic undertones point at such a wonderful potential for a straight out clever comedy, it's frustrating to see the film never goes there. With a few tweaks on the screenplay, adding a few smart jokes to the dialogues this film could have been a great heart warming comedy with deep dramatic undertones. 6/10
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6/10
The Suit Fits: Nothing Bad But Nothing Special
reubenstojan6 January 2020
The most interesting element to come out of this film is a Japanese director taking on a French speaking film. Certainly an unexpected turn for Hirokazu Koreeda, director of the highly regarded Shoplifters, but there's nothing especially stimulating about the Truth. It has good performances, it's shot nicely and yes, it has things to say about stardom and it's impact on family, but not much else to elevate it from just being ok.

The only strong reaction I had for this film would be my complete destestment of the main character Fabienne played by Catherine Deneuve. She is an absolutely repulsive person who cares purely about her glory and her disappearing stardom. You see, Fabienne was a huge French star who has gone the way of the dinosaur and feels lost in a world that seems to be moving on from her. While a lot of material to work with here, Fabienne does not make it easy to like or even relate to her. Which is a problem when you can't quite convince yourself why her poor daughter played by Juliette Binoche is at her side for the runtime. She is a horrible person to be with and it doesn't quite make for an enjoyable experience when you detest her the entire film.

There are some generally nice moments sprinkled in the film especially the ones involving Fabienne's grand daughter who shines a light in all the falsity and horribleness of the actor world. Ethan Hawke is also a very charming presence in the film playing the wannabe actor/husband of Fabienne's daughter.

The film making scenes where it revolves around Fabienne starring in a science fiction film about an immortal young mother (Which has some thematic resemblance to Fabienne's real mother) are also well choreographed and generally interesting. The rest however sort of meanders on, not really finding any strong footing to land on. It purely floats around a character who isn't particularly likeable, sympathetic or for that matter, interesting.

I can't say it's bad. If you are looking for a sort of reflective and quiet look at a celebrity struggling to be still relevant and the dramas she puts her family in as a result, then sure it will pass the time well. I can't say it's going to be remembered long after though. More likely you'll remember how much you wanted Fabienne to receive punishment for being such a horrible person.
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6/10
Truth or Inconsequences
Bachfeuer22 October 2019
Early on, Deneuve's movie star character is being interviewed by a magazine journalist who asks boring, pedestrian questions. She comments that the film (within a film) that she is making will not be a major one. That goes for the actual film as well. The old stars play their parts deftly and confidently, hitting their marks every time. But that pales in comparison to what they did in their respective heydays. For anyone who knows those classic movies, this one is highly interesting. I hope it is their way of saying farewell, before making way for newer talent. The stand-out in this film is Clémentine Grenier, a child actress so young that she still has all her baby front teeth. By stealing scenes left, right and center, she shows the elderly actors up. C'est la Vie!
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6/10
Disappointing
justinelh5 January 2020
Whilst the cast was good I was not impressed as the movie was a bit "blah" no highlights really and all in all a bit monotonous. Maybe harsh but that is my view.
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8/10
slightly funny, slightly sad reflective slice of life of a movie
mjfhhh6 February 2020
Fabienne is a French movie star. Young no more she behaves as if the time has not touched her. Fabienne's house routine is thrown into turmoil when her daughter arrives with her American husband, at the exact time Fabienne's autobiography has been released. The book will hurt many of Fabienne's acquaintances, past and present, but most importantly those close to her. When Fabienne and her daughter go head to head over their past, it becomes clear each of them has their own version of the truth. And what is the truth when the eyes are clouded and the minds refuse to listen?

Hirokazu Koreeda riding on his SHOPLIFTERS fame has now addressed his passion project. Full of innuendo and suppressed emotions this is subtle French drama at its best. It is amazing how a Japanese director could shoot a uniquely French film, even capturing the widespread flaws of modern French moviemaking such as static camera and endless conversations about nothing. A full star ensemble including Deneuve, Binoche and Sagnier are having a ball. And they are a delight to watch.

The movie is full of great ideas about growing up, growing old and the nature of family relationships, all introduced lightheartedly and only there if you want to dig deeper. Otherwise it is a slow, slightly funny, slightly sad reflective slice of life of a movie that you won't miss if you don't see it. But do see it as it is a warm distraction from the daily life routine that we all have to have.
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8/10
you can't trust memory
Anass-gfx18 January 2020
The acting was wonderful and the subtle humor through the film makes it more lively.

7,5/10
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7/10
THE TRUTH holds realism (both emotionally and narratively) dearly at its heart, and Koreeda's anti-sensational methodology is true to his cause
lasttimeisaw24 March 2020
"Mise en abyme is the first thing comes to your reviewer's mind, not just because Deneuve seems to inherently play a version of herself - "Fabienne" is actually her middle name, who ascends to the top rung of the acting vocation, at the expense of almost everything else (maternal duty, matrimonial harmony, etc.), now her daughter returns from abroad with a mild grudge, especially after the latter discovers that in Fabienne's memoir, facts are completely editorialized at its subject's will -, but also in the movie-within-the-movie, it is Fabienne's own quest to reconcile with her (screen) mother that reflects the strained affinity she forges with Lumir, now, finally, it is high time for an egocentric prima donna, who has seldom deigned to bother the earthly worries, to descend from the pedestal (which means to take off the magical guise and reveal her true feelings), and perhaps it is not too late for Fabienne to find some domestic bliss in her wintry years."

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7/10
Intruiging
mattiasuk10 March 2020
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Superbly acted with an intelligent script. Wit and memories that blurs emotions. It shows how we remember different things about the same events. And who was Sarah?
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7/10
Surprisingly OK, #MeToo
stephen-62430 December 2019
Gotta hand it to Kore Eda, taking on the French language and La Reine Catherine at the same time. Not surprising that he is bested somewhat.

There's enough to like. I smiled when the Deneuve character disses the Hawke character as an actor. Same could be true in real life. But the Hawke character does riffs on the "Before Sunrise" franchise he was in, also fun.

Some of Deneuve's film-within-a-film scenes are true and affecting. But I agree with other comments, that the partial mother-daughter reconciliation at the end is out of whack with what's gone before. Lessens the whole movie.
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