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Juliette Binoche and Guillaume Canet lead the cast in Olivier Assayas’ latest film, which is a wryly comic look at the quandaries of the publishing world.

Dir-Scr Olivier Assayas
Prod Charles Gillibert
With Juliette Binoche, Guillaume Canet, Vincent Macaigne
Sales Playtime

Alain (Guillaume Canet) is a publisher of literature in a rapidly changing industry. His wife Selena (Juliette Binoche) acts in a long-running cop show. Léonard (Vincent Macaigne) is a schlubby writer, whose auto-fiction shamelessly mines his romantic affairs. His girlfriend Valérie (Nora Hamzawi) is the aide to a socialist politician. Director Olivier Assayas follows Personal Shopper and Clouds of Sils Maria by investigating anxieties around digital consumption, offering a witty meditation on questions both contemporary (should we dump paper books for Kindle?) and perennial (how fair is it to steal people’s lives for literature?). And most pressingly for our characters – each with a unique relationship to truth – is it better to be honest or discreet about love affairs?

Kate Taylor

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