Japanese master Hirokazu Kore-eda (Shoplifters) is one of cinema’s great chroniclers of family ties, relationships between parents and children, and buried, unspoken feeling.
Following his Cannes Palme d’Or winning Shoplifters, Kore-eda has made a film outside of his native Japan for the first time. The Truth, though, still remains the work of a distinctive filmmaker, who effortlessly finds his voice in a new culture, where the tensions of family ties remain much the same.
In The Truth, Juliette Binoche plays Lumir, a successful screenwriter visiting her mother Fabienne (Catherine Deneuve, seemingly playing a version of herself), who is France’s most beloved actress, and the recent author of a tell-all memoir with which Lumir has some serious objections.
Arriving to visit with her mother with her B-List actor husband (Ethan Hawke) and daughter in tow, the relationship between Lumir and Fabienne is one marked with historical conflict and enmity due to what Lumir sees as her difficult upbringing. Her stay, and frequent visits to the set of Fabienne’s latest film (a science fiction film in which Fabeinne meets her own immortal mother) will slowly unravel their complicated relationship. The result is as charming, insightful, and emotionally generous as we have come to expect from one of the world’s great filmmakers.