Non-Fiction (Olivier Assayas, 2018)
For the premiere of his new debate programme Doubles Vies, Olivier Assayas has invited actors Juliette Binoche, Guillaume Canet, Vincent Macaigne, Christa Théret and Nora Hamzawi to talk and talk and talk about the cons and pros of Twitter, the emergence of e-books, and the best way to enjoy Michael Haneke’s The White Ribbon. The five guests discuss several subjects for two straight hours without the show ever becoming a drag because Assayas manages to keep the show fast-paced and lets all his characters express themselves at their own time. Unlike other shows, Non-Fiction is so unbiased I couldn’t figure out if Assayas is in favour or against e-books, if he’s targeting authors who write biographical stories or if he’s doing a self-criticism of his own movies. All five characters are manic and selfish, but if only debate programmes had such engaging guests.
I wonder if Nora Hamzawi’s performance felt like a revelation because she stands out from a cast that includes Canet, Boniche and Macaigne, or because her character is the least disagreeable one.
After the screening, a witty Kate Taylor, who presented the Q&A, asked Vincent Macaigne how it is possible for a man like Léonard to charm so many women. She basically called him ugly.
Original title: Doubles Vies
Directed by Olivier Assayas | 2018 | France, Switzerland
Main cast: Guillaume Canet, Juliette Binoche, Vincent Macaigne, Christa Théret, Nora Hamzawi, Pascal Greggory, Nicolas Bouchaud