'The Truth' Review: Being Catherine Deneuve

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Following his Palme d'Or-winning "Shoplifters," the Japanese director Hirokazu Kore-eda visits some of the glories of France.
When Catherine Deneuve appears in "The Truth" she isn't simply in character. She comes in accompanied by a multiplicity of other roles and previous performances, by former directors and co-stars, old loves and scandals and triumphs, all crowding around her like phantoms. That's often the case now with Deneuve, who, like any enduring star, has become a living testament to her own glory. Even when she's playing relatively down-to-earth characters, she transcends their ordinary constraints.

In "The Truth," the Japanese writer-director Hirokazu Kore-eda wittily toys with Deneuve's persona, its layers and meanings. (This is his first movie outside of Japan.) She plays Fabienne, a figure not unlike herself, or perhaps more like an admirer's fantasy of a great French star. With decades of fame behind her, Fabienne has reached a…
Manohla Dargis
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