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Lost Illusions

M 149 MIN
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Synopsis

An all-star cast dazzles in the spectacular and exhilarating new film by Xavier Giannoli ('The Singer', 'Marguerite'), an adaptation of Balzac’s classic novel about a young idealist who learns that anything can be bought and sold.

1821. Handsome poet Lucien (Benjamin Voisin, in a star-making turn) is poor, but highly ambitious. Failing to make a name for himself in his provincial hometown, he naively follows his married patroness (a radiant Cécile de France) to the glamorous beau monde of Paris.

But Lucien has entered a society far more dangerous than he realised, and the venomous denizens of the salons (brought to life by a superb ensemble including Jeanne Balibar, Gerard Depardieu and Xavier Dolan) conspire to keep him out of their ranks. Lucien is forced to abandon his principles and find work at a low-brow newspaper, where his scathing critiques soon cause a sensation and arouse the interest of admirers and publishers. But in a society where profit and status rule, what is really left for Lucien?

Epic in scope and impact, LOST ILLUSIONS is an eerily prescient fable bracingly attuned to the anxieties of the modern media age. This is grand French cinema at its most lavish, and finest.

Awards

WINNER – 2022 CÉSAR AWARDS (x7) – incl Best Film, Adapted Screenplay, New Actor (Voisin), Supp. Actor (Lacoste)
WINNER – 2022 LUMIERE AWARDS – Best Screenplay
OPENING NIGHT GALA – 2022 ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE FRENCH FILM FESTIVAL
OFFICIAL SELECTION – 2021 VENICE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
OFFICIAL SELECTION – 2021 SAN SEBASTIAN FILM FESTIVAL
OFFICIAL SELECTION – 2021 ZURICH INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL

Reviews


"A masterpiece."

- CULTUREBOX, FRANCETV



"Glorious! Splendidly done. A darkly funny, world-as-it-ever-was drama that is as relevant now as when first published as a novel close to 200 years ago. The film is sumptuously shot, superbly acted and has a nonstop, whip-smart dialogue that, in English, might have been written by Aaron Sorkin."

- THE AUSTRALIAN



"Superb. A dazzling modern fresco."

- LE PARISIEN


"With its stellar performances, dramatic orchestral score and rich costume and set design, 'Lost Illusions' is a grand, sweeping narrative of love, lust and literary ambition."

- THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER


"A sumptuous and surprisingly au courant cinematic retelling of Balzac’s masterwork."

- VARIETY


Movie Information

Release date

Thursday 23rd June

Duration

149 min

Rating

M

Cast

Xavier Dolan, Cécile De France, Gérard Depardieu, Jeanne Balibar, Benjamin Voisin, Salomé Dewaels

Director

Xavier Giannoli

Genre

Drama

Language

French with English subtitles

Participating Cinemas

Pentridge Cinema, Palace Balwyn, Palace Cinema Como, Palace Brighton Bay, The Kino, Palace Westgarth, Palace Norton Street, Palace Central, Palace Verona, Palace Byron Bay, Palace James St, Palace Barracks, Palace Electric Cinema, Palace Raine Square



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