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The Truth(La Vérité)

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France, Japan, Switzerland

2019

Rated PG • 1h 46m

Director Hirokazu Kore-eda

Starring Catherine Deneuve, Juliette Binoche, Ethan Hawke, Clémentine Grenier

Genre Drama

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Catherine, a French film superstar, publishes "memoirs," exaggerations of her private persona. When her daughter returns from the U.S. with her small family, unresolved conflict begins to resurface, and Catherine must answer for both the fabricated memoirs and her daughter's true upbringing.

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TheWrap by Alonso Duralde

Kore-eda’s first film made outside his native Japan, it’s a fascinating exploration of the fallibility of memory and of how the truths we tell ourselves so frequently outweigh an empirical certainty.
75

Slant Magazine by Chuck Bowen

The tactility of earlier Hirokazu Kore-eda imagery has been traded for a softer, more luscious, nevertheless melancholic dream world.
83

IndieWire by David Ehrlich

This wise and diaphanous little drama finds Kore-eda once again exploring his usual obsessions, as the man behind the likes of “Still Walking” and “After the Storm” offers yet another insightful look at the underlying fabric of a modern family.
75

The Playlist by Jessica Kiang

There’s the potential for melodrama, but despite the misleadingly grandiose title, The Truth is not in the business of the grand, tormented revelation. Instead, it’s an accretion of little moments, often very funny, sometimes a little sad, but always embedded in the reality of these sharply drawn, idiosyncratic characters.
60

CineVue by John Bleasdale

The truth is that The Truth is an above-average French comedy and Kore-eda has succeeded in a finely wrought act of ventriloquism and diva worship. But the Japanese director’s fans can be forgiven for thinking above average is not good enough for such an accomplished filmmaker.
70

Screen Daily by Lee Marshall

A very European film of charm and wit that hits the occasional emotional high note, and sees Catherine Deneuve embracing her tastiest role since Potiche with verve and gusto.
80

Variety by Owen Gleiberman

From first shot to last, it’s a film of high wit and confidence and verve, an astonishingly fluid and accomplished act of boundary-leaping.
60

The Guardian by Xan Brooks

It’s handsome, it’s amusing, it knows exactly where it’s going. All that is missing is that crucial fifth gear.

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