The Truth is Hirokazu Kore-eda's (Shoplifters) first non-Japanese production, using a mostly French crew, an international cast, and, at its centre, a legend.
Catherine Deneuve plays Fabienne Dangeville, a septuagenarian movie star whose recently published memoir looks set to ruffle feathers. None more so in fact, than those of her daughter Lumir (Juliette Binoche) who is visiting her mother with her reformed alcoholic husband (Ethan Hawke) and young daughter (Clémentine Grenier).
Deneuve fires on all cylinders as the self-obsessed diva, but anyone expecting a traditional family drama, replete with emotional fireworks, should know that Hirokazu Kore-eda's skill as a filmmaker lies in second-guessing the obvious.
The film Fabienne is shooting playfully engages with the relationship at the heart of the film, between mother and daughter, but also highlights Kore-eda's skill at engaging the heart and mind.