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Binoche, Deneuve, Together For First Time in French Cinemas

Binoche, Deneuve, Together For First Time in French Cinemas

Tuesday, 24 December, 2019 - 07:00
French actress Catherine Deneuve, Japanese director Hirokazu Kore-eda and French actress Juliette Binoche arrive for ‘The Truth’ presented in competition at the 76th Venice Film Festival August 28, 2019. — AFP pic

This week, the French movie theaters will start displaying "The Truth" movie starred by two prominent French actresses, Catherine Deneuve and Juliette Binoche, who walked together on the red carpet during the Venice Film Festival 2019.

The movie, directed by the Japanese Hirokazu Kore-eda, is the first work for him in France, and comes after he received the Palme d'Or in Cannes Festival 2018.

Deneuve belongs to an older acting generation than Binoche, and each of them has specialized in a different type of movies. But, for the first time, they came together in one work to play the roles of a daughter and his mother in a family drama.

The movie tells the story of Fabienne (Deneuve), a star who has a complicated relationship with her daughter Lumir (Binoche), a New York-based scriptwriter. The latter returns home where the family is gathered to attend the launch of Fabienne's memoire. But, the family reunion quickly turns into a confrontation between the two women, during which secrets, impossible love stories, and grudges are disclosed in front of the family's men.

The story, which focuses on delayed conflicts that explode during the first family reunion, is not a first-of-its-kind in cinemas. However, the French spectators have been waiting it to watch an old actress known for starring the role of a cold woman who does everything to maintain a younger appearance, and her daughter who looks older than her mother.

Catherine Deneuve said she is playing the role of a star that tends for exaggeration and tension, a character that totally differs from her real personality. As per Binoche, she said she wants the audience to discover her role and enjoy her talent and expertise.

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