Non-fiction – Review

Juliette Binoche as “Selena” in Olivier Assayas’s Non-Fiction. Courtesy of IFC Films. A Sundance Selects Release.

Juliette Binoche stars as an actress married to an editor at a distinguished French publishing house, in writer/director Olivier Assayas’s latest film Non-fiction. Assayas is known for smart, emotionally sharp dramatic films such as The Clouds Of Sils Maria and Personal Shopper, but in Non-fiction, he takes a lighter, comic approach, while still having something smart and sly to say about contemporary life.

In Non-fiction, the discussions focus on books and publishing but whether it is a sex comedy with commentary on the future of literature and publishing, or a commentary on that with a side of sex comedy, isn’t really clear. Nor does it matter. Either way, the film is a delight – assuming you like both French bedroom comedy and witty conversations about the future for books in a digital world.
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