Lost Illusions – Opens July 1
Director: Xavier Giannoli Run Time: 149 min. Release Year: 2021 Language: French w/ English subtitles
Starring: Benjamin Voisin, Cécile de France, Jeanne Balibar, Vincent Lacoste, Xavier Dolan
Tagline: Aspiring poet Lucien de Rubempré joins a cynical team of journalists in 19th century Paris and discovers that the written word can be an instrument of both beauty and deceit in this sumptuous adaptation of Honoré de Balzac’s, LOST ILLUSIONS.
Synopsis: Lucien de Rubempré (Benjamin Voisin) is an ambitious and unknown aspiring poet in 19th century France. He leaves his provincial town, arriving in Paris on the arm of his admirer, Louise de Bargeton (Cécile deFrance). Outmatched in elite circles, Lucien’s naive etiquette prompts Louise to retreat back to her husband, leaving the young poet to forge a new path. Lucien makes a new friend in another young writer,Etienne Lousteau (Vincent Lacoste), who introduces him to the business of journalism where a salon of wordsmiths and wunderkinds make or break the reputations of actors and artists with insouciant impunity.Lucien agrees to write rave reviews for bribes, achieving material success at the expense of his conscience and soon discovers that the written word can be an instrument of both beauty and deceit. Xavier Giannoli’s sumptuous adaptation of Honoré de Balzac’s epic novel, LOST ILLUSIONS is a ravishing vision of the birth of modern media.
“The film’s galloping momentum is exhilarating…” – The Guardian
“Giannoli has not only produced a meaty and provocative adaptation of a Balzac gem, but also one of the funniest and most romantic films of the year.” – Little White Lies
“A flavorful period piece of epic sentiments, both viciously witty and savagely honest in its deliberation on, as Balzac would have it, the human comedy.” – IONCinema
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