Olivier Assayas’s latest is a humorous social critique of digital anxieties, interpersonal relationships and the changing tides of the literary landscape.
Alain is a successful Parisian book publisher amidst the digital literary revolution. Faced with a new manuscript from his long-time writer Léonard—a thinly veiled work of auto-fiction recycling Léonard’s love affair with a minor celebrity—Alain must make a difficult creative choice. Simultaneously, he grapples with his fluctuating relationship with his wife, Selena, and the conflicting viewpoints of his friends and colleagues.
Assayas renders the push and pull of his characters’ desires in elegant cinematic language, and his crackling dialogue offers an insight into their intellectual curiosities. As actors Guillaume Canet, Juliette Binoche and their co-stars spar on the vicissitudes of Twitter, Taylor Swift and Theodor Adorno, Assayas wryly pulls apart the emotional and professional consequences of their every decision.
Cast & Credits
French auteur Olivier Assayas’s oeuvre stands out for both its aesthetics and its fixation on love, lust, freedom and rebellion. Famous for intertwining an eclectic mix of cultural genres—from post-punk soundtracks to Asian cinematic references—Assayas captures the novel and the real, in films such as Summer Hours, Carlos and Clouds of Sils Maria.
Juliette Binoche, Guillaume Canet, Vincent Macaigne, Nora Hamzawi
*Official Selection, Toronto International Film Festival 2018
*In Competition, Venice Film Festival 2018
*Official Selection, New York Film Festival 2018