The truth (2019), by Hirokazu Koreeda – Review

We are facing an interesting but minor film by Hirokazu Koreeda.

The last work of the Japanese director Kore-Eda Hirokazu, The truth, brings us closer to the story of Fabienne Dangeville (Catherine Deneuve), a famous French actress, already at the end of her career, where she seems to suffer some lapses of memory, acclaimed for the criticism and admired by all the men who became part of his life. When she publishes her memoirs, her daughter Lumir (Juliette Binoche) returns from New York, where she lives with her husband and daughter, for the presentation. However, the filial maternal reunion will soon become a growing confrontation, in which they will remember events from the past but in different ways. This drama is directed by the Japanese winner of the Palme d'Or in Cannes in 2018 Kore-eda Hirokazu by A family affair, in which he has again taken over not only the direction but also the script.

It is necessary to review the good interpretations of both leading and secondary actresses.

Throughout the plot we are knowing the personality of the mother, who has always given priority to her film career to the detriment of her family life, which the daughter does not cease to reproach her bitterly although in her memories the mother presents herself selfless and like an exemplary mother. We are getting to know small details of his past life, some more serious than others, and throughout the film there are other secondary characters such as the mother's husbands and other actresses with whom he has lived, not always in harmony as the daughter reminds him. It seems that, despite everything, reconciliation can occur, since their differences are not as serious as they initially seemed. Another problem is that the protagonist is drawn with a difficult and displicent character although they intend to justify her due to her dedication to her professional career. It seems that we are going to attend a great storm of emotions and we are left with a summer shower. More was expected from Hirokazu in what is his first film outside of Japan. Perhaps, as he already pointed out in his latest works, that approach to both parties ends up diluting the supposed conflict.

However, on the positive side, it is necessary to review the good interpretations of both protagonists and secondary actresses, such as the aforementioned ex-husbands of the protagonist, the other fellow actresses of his or the granddaughter who is also very well interpreted. The address is rested although at times it goes through some narrative potholes just as the daughter's husband lacks further development.

In short, we are facing an interesting but minor film by Hirokazu. It saves him as we said before, the magnificent interpretations of the couple of leading actresses, since otherwise the score would be lower.


Synopsis Fabienne is one of the great stars of French cinema, an actress who reigns among the men who love and admire her, but in her inner world she has great conflicts with Lumir, her daughter. Lumir travels with her husband and daughter to Paris when her mother's memoirs are published. The meeting will soon become a confrontation: truths will be revealed, accounts will be adjusted, love and resentment will be discussed.
country France
Address Hirokazu Koreeda
Script Hirokazu Koreeda, Léa Le Dimna
Music Alexei Aigui
Photography Eric Gautier
Distribution Catherine Deneuve, Juliette Binoche, Ethan Hawke, Ludivine Sagnier, Clémentine Grenier, Manon Clavel, Alain Libolt, Christian Crahay, Roger Van Hool, Laurent Capelluto
Gender Drama
Duration 106 min.
Original title La vérité
Premiere 12/25/2019

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