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False Confessions

  • Comedy
  • Drama
  • 2017
  • Luc Bondy
  • 82 mins

Summary

Luc Bondy's final feature film as director draws talent from both stage and screen to bring Pierre de Marivaux's 1737 play into 21st century Paris. Isabelle Huppert commands the screen as Araminte, the wealthy widow who unwittingly hires the smitten Dorante (Louis Garrel) as her accountant. Secrets and lies accumulate as Dorante and his accomplice, Araminte's manservant Dubois (Yves Jacques), manipulate not only the good-hearted Araminte, but also her friend and confidante, Marton (Manon Combes). Dorante, by turns pitiable and proficient, but always deferential to his social better, walks a fine line in his quest to arouse an equal desire in the object of his affections. Bulle Ogier delivers a memorable turn as Araminte's mother, who suspects the young man's intentions, but wants to push her daughter into the arms of an aged, hard-up Count (Jean-Pierre Malo). Filmed in part on-site at the Théâtre de l'Odéon-and shot during the daytime, while the same cast performed the play there at night-the film blurs the distinction between stage and screen, offering a new turn on this classic take on the psychology of love.

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Credits

Cast

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AraminteIsabelle Huppert
DoranteLouis Garrel
Madame ArganteBulle Ogier
DuboisYves Jacques
MartonManon Combes
Monsieur RémyBernard Verley
Comte DorimontJean-Pierre Malo
ArlequinFred Ulysse
Garçon JoaillierSylvain Levitte
Laquais JohnGeorges Fatna

Crew

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DirectorLuc Bondy
DirectorMarie-Louise Bischofberger
WriterMarivaux
WriterGeoffrey Layton
ProducerPierre-Olivier Bardet
ComposerBruno Coulais
Production designerAurore Vullierme

Details

Languages
French
Formats
Colour
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