The Truth – Honestly, Good

Rating (3 out of 5)

Summary: A simple straightforward story about family, a typical film for director Hirokazu Koreeda. I enjoy his introspective into family and the simple tensions that exist between. “The Truth” builds at a fairly constant pace. You know where the story is going and the end is a bit cutesy. However, the ride is enjoyable, but watch his other movies first if you haven’t already.

Plot: Lumir (Juliette Binoche) returns to France to visit her mother/actress, Fabienne (Catherine Deneuve). Together they will face their past to resolve their conflict with one another.

Detail: The concept of viewing the past from various lenses was fascinating. There was a theme that memories can’t be trusted. Often, there were two sides to a memory, that impacted the mother or daughter relationship.

The interlacing of the visit with the shooting of a movie was interesting. The movie, of course, relates to the relationship of Lumer and Fabienne. I am partial to the dynamics that exist on a movie set and enjoyed those scenes. The additional challenge of Fabienne struggling to come to terms to be an aging actress was fascinating.

There aren’t any intense or overwhelming moments of conflict. It is a very low key film, but often, that is families. While the pace was steady, the movie did lack a more dramatic conflict.