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The Truth 2019

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La Vérité / The Truth is like a haiku you wrote for homework in high school: it's not that great but the heart at its foundation is pure.

Basically, the spirit is willing but the story is weak.

The Truth was written and directed by Hirokazu Kore-eda, and is drenched in the poetry of simplicity, though not in the love of storytelling because this film has all the depth of a poem yet none of direction of a story.

This subtle study in the relationship between mother (Catherine Deneuve) and daughter (Juliette Binoche) is a family drama which is more family than drama, but is worth a watch as the actresses both shine brighter than they have in years.

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Kore-eda transformed. The art of acting ... in real life. Lies imitating reality. Kore-eda imitating French cinema. Memories also deceive. "You can't trust memory." The truth is fickle. It depends on our perception. "The truth is not interesting." Kore-eda tells his truth, even if it is his least recognizable film.

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The Truth is a beautiful, entertaining, and lacerating movie. Watching as mother and daughter peal off decades-old layers of deception off each other is mesmerizing.

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