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Non-Fiction(Doubles vies)

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France

2018

Rated R • 1h47

Olivier Assayas

Director

Guillaume Canet, Juliette Binoche, Vincent Macaigne, Nora Hamzawi

Stars

Comedy, Drama

Genre

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Alain and Léonard, a writer and a publisher, are overwhelmed by the new practices of the publishing world. Deaf to the desires of their wives, they struggle to find their place in a society whose code they can no longer crack.

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85

TheWrap by Alonso Duralde

As with “Summer Hours,” Non-Fiction traffics in ideas and concerns without handing out leaflets; first and foremost, this is an empathetic and charming character piece, featuring top-notch actors (Binoche revels in a rare opportunity to be funny) enjoying richly clever dialogue.
83

IndieWire by David Ehrlich

Non-Fiction isn’t a surrender, nor is it a call to arms. It’s an anxious — but strangely calming! — reminder that change is the only true constant, and that steering the current is a lot easier than fighting it. Nobody does that better than Assayas, even when it looks like he’s not even trying.
91

The Playlist by Gregory Ellwood

Assayas has often shown great wit in his screenplays (most recently in “Clouds of Sils Maria”), but there is a rhythm to his writing here that is surprisingly good.
50

Slant Magazine by Jake Cole

Olivier Assayas drains the film of the playfulness at its margins, leaving only an esoteric lecture in its place.
90

Variety by Jay Weissberg

This story of two couples dealing with change in their personal and professional lives, so packed with intellectual sparring, gets progressively lighter as it moves along, acknowledging the primacy of human interaction (foibles and all) over doctrine.
90

The Hollywood Reporter by Jon Frosch

There are chuckles and even guffaws throughout, though the comedy is streaked with despair, and also great tenderness. It’s the latest evidence of the director’s gift for tackling grave subjects with the lightest of touches; the film flows airily along, then knocks you off-balance with the weight of its insights and implications.
83

The Film Stage by Leonardo Goi

If the aftertaste is one of cinematic delight–the feeling of being invited to take part in those chats, not just to listen to them–credit goes to Assayas’ writing and a handful of phenomenal performances from the quartet and supporting cast.

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