Hirokazu Kore-eda and Catherine Deneuve look for 'The Truth'

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Catherine Deneuve plays an icon of French cinema in "The Truth."
Hirokazu Kore-eda and Catherine Deneuve look for 'The Truth'

This image released by IFC Films shows, foreground from left, Juliette Binoche, Catherine Deneuve, Ethan Hawke and Clémentine Grenier in a scene from "The Truth." (IFC Films via AP)

This image released by IFC Films shows, foreground from left, Juliette Binoche, Catherine Deneuve, Ethan Hawke and Clémentine Grenier in a scene from "The Truth." (IFC Films via AP) The Associated Press

VENICE, Italy -- Catherine Deneuve plays an icon of French cinema in "The Truth." She even chose her own middle name, Fabienne, for her character who says things like, "I'd rather have been a bad friend and a bad mother and a great actress."

But don't go looking for some essential truths, or gossip, about Deneuve in lines like that, or in Fabienne's eyeroll at the mention of Brigitte Bardot. The 76-year-old insists that similarities end with the name.

"To me she's a stranger," Deneuve said, cigarette in hand, after "The Truth's" debut at the Venice Film Festival. "It's really so far away from me."

She has a great relationship with her children and her co-stars and can't think of any friendly rivalry with peers from her past. But it doesn't make "The Truth," available on demand Friday, any less of a fun send-up of an imperious, larger-than-life star who might not remember things the same way her grown daughter Lumir does.

The tragicomic portrait of a star in her final act who is juggling a film, the release of her memoirs and a visit from her daughter, played by Juliette Binoche, comes by way of "Shoplifters" director Hirokazu Kore-eda in his first film outside of his native Japan.

It was a truly international affair, with a script primarily…
LINDSEY BAHR AP Film Writer
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