The Truth (2019 film)

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The Truth
Directed byHirokazu Kore-eda
Produced byMuriel Merlin
Written byHirokazu Kore-eda
CinematographyÉric Gautier
Edited byHirokazu Kore-eda
Distributed byGAGA Pictures
Release date
  • 28 August 2019 (2019-08-28) (Venice)
  • 11 October 2019 (2019-10-11) (Japan)
Running time
106 minutes
  • France
  • Japan
  • French
  • English

The Truth (French: La vérité) is a 2019 drama film written and directed by Hirokazu Kore-eda. Starring Catherine Deneuve and Juliette Binoche, is Kore-eda's first film set outside Japan and not in his native language.[1]

It was selected as the opening film at the 76th Venice International Film Festival, where it premiered on 28 August 2019.[2]


Fabienne is one of the great stars of French cinema, she reigns amongst men who love and admire her. However, she has a problematic relationship with her daughter Lumir, a screenwriter; when Lumir and her husband return to Paris with their young child, things come to a head with the publication of Fabienne’s memoir: the reunion between mother and daughter quickly turns confrontational as truths are told, accounts are settled and love and resentment are confessed.[3]




In 2018, it was announced Catherine Deneuve, Juliette Binoche and Ethan Hawke would join the film's cast.[4]


Production began in October 2018.[5] Éric Gautier served as the film's cinematographer.[6]


In January 2019, IFC Films secured the North American distribution rights to The Truth, while Curzon Artificial Eye acquired the UK distribution rights.[7][8]

The film had its world premiere at the Venice Film Festival on 28 August 2019.[2]

Critical response[edit]

On review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes, the film holds an approval rating of 81% based on 21 reviews, with an average rating of 6.55/10.[9] Metacritic assigned the film a weighted average score of 71 out of 100, based on 12 critics, indicating "generally favorable reviews".[10]


  1. ^ Chang, Justin (November 23, 2018). "Hirokazu Kore-eda carries on through success and sadness with the release of his Palme d'Or winner, 'Shoplifters'". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved February 9, 2019.
  2. ^ a b Vivarelli, Nick (18 July 2019). "Hirokazu Kore-eda's 'The Truth' With Catherine Deneuve, Juliette Binoche to Open Venice Film Festival". Variety. Retrieved 18 July 2019.
  3. ^ "IFC FILMS NABS "THE TRUTH" FROM DIRECTOR HIROKAZU KORE-EDA". February 8, 2019. Retrieved February 9, 2019.
  4. ^ Wiseman, Andreas (July 16, 2018). "Juliette Binoche, Ethan Hawke & Catherine Deneuve To Star In 'The Truth' Palme d'Or Winner Hirokazu Kore-eda". Deadline. Retrieved February 9, 2019.
  5. ^ Binoche, Juliette (October 17, 2018). "Today shooting with Kore-eda 🖤". Instagram. Retrieved April 23, 2019.
  6. ^ Raup, Jordan (May 22, 2018). "Hirokazu Kore-eda's New Drama Starring Juliette Binoche and Catherine Deneuve Gets Title and Synopsis". The Film Stage. Retrieved February 9, 2019.
  7. ^ Brzeski, Patrick (February 8, 2019). "IFC Films Acquires Hirokazu Kore-eda's 'The Truth' Starring Juliette Binoche, Ethan Hawke". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved February 9, 2019.
  8. ^ Goodfellow, Melanie (February 9, 2019). "Wild Bunch scores strong sales on Hirokazu Kore-eda's 'The Truth' (exclusive)". Screendaily. Retrieved February 9, 2019.
  9. ^ "The Truth (2019)". Rotten Tomatoes. Fandango Media. Retrieved 11 September 2019.
  10. ^ "The Truth Reviews". Metacritic. CBS Interactive. Retrieved 11 September 2019.

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