Paris’ smart set faces the end of an era.
Juliette Binoche is “so good so often that it’s easy to take her for granted,” said Jon Frosch in The Hollywood Reporter. In the latest film from France’s Olivier Assayas, Binoche plays a TV actress who’s one of five Parisians bouncing off one another as they debate how our digital era is remaking the cultural world they inhabit. The story begins with the actress’ book-editor husband rejecting a mutual friend’s latest manuscript, then unfolds as a “tres français” comedy, full of adultery and smart talk. It “flows airily along, then knocks you off-balance with the weight of its insights.” Or maybe not, said Chris Barsanti in PopMatters.com. After a fine start, the arguments about art “spiral rapidly into a kind of irrelevance,” feeling outdated at best. Non-Fiction still delivers “Assayas’ light touch with dialogue” and “a screenful of committed performances.” Still, “from the filmmaker who gave us Carlos and Clouds of Sils Maria, that hardly seems like enough.”
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