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      Non-Fiction

      R Released May 3, 2019 1 hr. 48 min. Comedy Drama Romance TRAILER for Non-Fiction: Trailer 1 List
      86% 154 Reviews Tomatometer 51% 50+ Ratings Audience Score Alain is in his 40s and runs a famous publishing house which publishes novels by his friend Léonard, a bohemian writer. Alain's wife, Selena, is the star of a popular TV series and Léonard's companion, Valérie, is the devoted assistant of a political figure. Although they are longtime friends, Alain is about to turn down Léonard's new manuscript, complicating the relationship between the two couples. Read More Read Less Watch on Fandango at Home Premiered Jul 27 Buy Now

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      Well-acted and sharply written, Non-Fiction finds writer-director Olivier Assayas working in a comedic vein that channels classic forebears while remaining utterly fresh.

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      Audience Member Non-Fiction is a film I would expect Woody Allen to write and direct. Hopefully he picks up rights to a remake, should there ever be one. This borderline esoteric and most certainly self-important film from Olivier Assayas is without the witty-worded dialogue, psychologically layered characters and cleverly thought-out and executed twists that we can often rely upon Woody Allen to produce. Instead, Assayas heavily occupies his far from engaging film with impenetrable dialogue and self-indulgent characters. Rated 2 out of 5 stars 02/21/23 Full Review Audience Member One of those series-of-conversations films that’s a whole genre of French cinema in and of itself, it follows the hypocritical lives of people complaining about their significant others cheating on them while they cheat on their significant others. (The question then, is if revenge is why they’re cheating in the first place?) Why the producers thought that Non-fiction would be a better title for English-language audiences is a mystery. The original Double Lives is more apt, or perhaps one of the jokes of the film, “Auto-fiction”. The acting is terrific with a top-notch cast. Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars 06/12/20 Full Review Audience Member Somehow, a movie that contains several scenes of French artists, actors, writers, and publishers, sitting around a room eating and drinking wine, discussing the future of the literary world did NOT come off as pretentious. The title is a misnomer, as Léonard's (Vincent Macaigne) books are clearly autobiographical, as much as he tries to deny it — he refers to his work as "autofiction," a term I will be stealing. These Parisians, as the stereotypes go, can't seem to keep it in their pants, and are all cheating on their significant others (sometimes with each other's significant others), except for Valérie (Nora Hamzawi), who is cold and unlikeable at first, but by the end is the most endearing character. Valérie also has the chillest reaction to being told she has been cheated on that has ever made its way on screen. This definitely is not the film for everyone, and some of the business conversations concerning hard copies and e-books and the future of publishing seemed a bit dated, like they were having a conversation for 2015 in 2019. I'd like to see a sequel if only to see whether Selena (Juliette Binoche) actually kills Léonard, who is back on his bullshit. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 02/01/23 Full Review Audience Member Congrats to the writer, director and actors. They were so good that I did not realize this was a bad movie until it was over. Every French stereotype is confirmed here. They love to eat, drink, talk, talk, talk and have affairs. And all of this with no emotion. And not a single laugh. Uggh, a well-paced story about nothing. Rated 2 out of 5 stars 02/17/23 Full Review Audience Member Dobles vidas [2019] Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 01/30/23 Full Review dave d I found 'Non-Fiction' insufferable, unfunny, and a near total bore. The performances aren't bad and that's the only reason this film gets the score that it does. What does one learn from Olivier Assayas' latest? The filmmaker needs to make bolder decisions and maybe cast someone more believable in the role of the guy who is overweight, bald, depressed, frumpy and just overall miserable in a role where he has a beautiful powerful wife and a hot actress girlfriend. Couldn't buy it and it took me out of the movie. The film just doesn't work unless except in it's own self-importance. Final Score: 4.0/10 Rated 2 out of 5 stars 03/31/23 Full Review Read all reviews Post a rating

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      Mark Kermode Kermode & Mayo's Film Review Two hours of French naval-gazing about smoking, drinking, complaining... Oct 24, 2019 Full Review Wendy Ide Observer (UK) On balance, writer and director Assayas just about pulls it off: the film is uneven, certainly, but the fascinating, flawed characters reel us in. Rated: 3/5 Oct 20, 2019 Full Review Kevin Maher Times (UK) It sounds farcical, but it's also a serious work from the writer-director Olivier Assayas and his key performers that interrogates the nature of literary value today through the words of uncommonly rounded and deeply appealing characters. Rated: 4/5 Oct 18, 2019 Full Review Violet Lucca Harper's Magazine Olivier Assayas’s latest film holds on to the old world while recognizing the new. Aug 21, 2023 Full Review Gisela Savdie El Heraldo The movie takes unexpected turns, and moves between fiction and reality [Full review in Spanish] Rated: A Aug 10, 2023 Full Review Yasser Medina Cinefilia It questions, in the key of social criticism and long talks, the traps of the digital age, but its sophisticated side loses the effect of irony in a second half marked by redundancy and a excessive verbal transparency. [Full review in Spanish] Rated: 6/10 Nov 5, 2022 Full Review Read all reviews

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      Synopsis Alain is in his 40s and runs a famous publishing house which publishes novels by his friend Léonard, a bohemian writer. Alain's wife, Selena, is the star of a popular TV series and Léonard's companion, Valérie, is the devoted assistant of a political figure. Although they are longtime friends, Alain is about to turn down Léonard's new manuscript, complicating the relationship between the two couples.
      Director
      Olivier Assayas
      Executive Producer
      Sylvie Barthet
      Screenwriter
      Olivier Assayas
      Distributor
      Sundance Selects
      Production Co
      Arte, CG Cinéma, Vortex Sutra, Playtime, Axia Films
      Rating
      R (Some Language|Sexuality/Nudity)
      Genre
      Comedy, Drama, Romance
      Original Language
      French (France)
      Release Date (Theaters)
      May 3, 2019, Limited
      Release Date (Streaming)
      Aug 3, 2019
      Box Office (Gross USA)
      $704.9K
      Aspect Ratio
      Flat (1.85:1)
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