False Confessions (Les fausses confidences) directed by Luc Bondy and Marie-Louise Bischofberger (France, 2016, 82 min.).
The last film directed by the late Luc Bondy was adapted from a hit play of the same name, directed by Bondy himself. Three darlings of the French stage and screen—Isabelle Huppert, Louis Garrel, and Bulle Ogier—shot the movie version during the day while performing the same play in the theater by night, resulting in a self-reflexive piece of cinema that blurs the line between theater and film. Huppert commands the screen as Araminte, the wealthy widow who unwittingly hires the smitten Dorante (Garrel) as her accountant. Secrets and lies accumulate as Dorante schemes to manipulate the good-hearted Araminte into falling for him. 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 Count (Jean-Pierre Malo).
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