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T he sun rises on day one of the Venice film festival and it catches the guests in a delicate state. These people require careful handling, a soothing introduction. These critics have only just rolled out of bed. And yet, The Truth is the most refined, stately curtain-raiser I can recall seeing here, a picture that likes to stroll and murmur where others run and shout. All that is missing is that crucial fifth gear. Shooting for the first time outside his native Japan, Kore-eda makes himself comfortable in a plush Paris home and coaxes impeccable performances from his regal French stars.
Not much has been lost in translation. Having previously made nothing but Japanese films, Kore-Eda has gone on to make a film which is about as French as you can possibly get. Deneuve plays Fabienne, an actress who could easily be mistaken for Deneuve herself: a Cesar-winning veteran who wears a leopard-print coat and has a framed poster of a film called The Belle of Paris ie almost Belle de Jour. The secret of her success, she believes, is that she prioritises art over life.
Starring Catherine Deneuve and Juliette Binoche , is Kore-eda's first film set outside Japan and not in his native language. It was selected as the opening film at the 76th Venice International Film Festival , where it premiered on 28 August Fabienne is one of the great stars of French cinema. She reigns amongst men who love and admire her.