London, 1987. Philip is a famous American writer exiled in London. His mistress regularly visits him in his office, the hideaway of the two lovers. The two meet there, make love, talk for hours: about the women disseminated in his life, about her marriage, about sex, anti-Semitism, literature, and being true to oneself. He takes notes in a notebook, maybe he’ll write a novel about their relationship; she tries to lead the life of an emancipated woman. When the author’s wife discovers his notes, he calls on his writer’s imagination and his many desires. Based on Deception by Philip Roth.
(Roubaix, France, 1960) is one of the best-known and most-appreciated French directors of his generation. He graduated from the IDHEC in Paris in 1984 and began his film career collaborating on the screenplay of Love Without Pity by Eric Rochant. After the medium-length La Vie des morts, he debuted in directing in 1992 with La sentinelle, presented in Cannes, as were his next movies Comment je me suis disputé... (ma vie sexuelle) (1996), Esther Kahn (2000), and Léo, en jouant “Dans la compagnie des hommes” (2003). This latter film was presented in the section Un certain regard. His film Rois et Reine (2004) was presented in competition at the Venice Film Festival; the movie brought together his two favorite actors, Emmanuelle Devos and Mathieu Amalric. Un conte de Noël (2008) participated in competition at Cannes, as did Jimmy P. (2013). His movie Trois souvenirs de ma jeunesse (2015), a series of autobiographical episodes of his childhood in Roubaix, participated at the Quinzaine des réalisateurs in Cannes, where he returned in the official selection with Les Fantômes d’Ismaël (2017) and Roubaix, une lumière (2019). In 2007, he also directed the autobiographical documentary L’Aimée.
La Vie des morts (mm,1991), La sentinelle (1992), Comment je me suis disputé... (ma vie sexuelle) (1996), Esther Kahn (id., 2000), Léo, jouant “Dans la compagnie des hommes” (I segreti degli uomini, 2003), Rois et Reine (I re e la regina, 2004), L’Aimée (doc, 2007), Un conte de Noël (Racconto di Natale, 2008), Jimmy P. (2013), La Forêt (tv, 2014), Trois souvenirs de ma jeunesse (I miei giorni più belli, 2015), Les Fantômes d’Ismaël (I fantasmi d’Ismael, 2017), Roubaix, une lumière (Roubaix, una luce nell’ombra, 2019), Tromperie (2021).
“This movie springs from a profession of faith. I believe in the interweaving of art and life. I think that art isn’t worth anything if it doesn’t encompass the crudest life, and, in the same way, that life has no value if there isn’t art to show us the most relevant aspects. Moreover, I believe in the game of the writer who disappears behind his masks. As a spectator, I have always had a confrontational relationship with realistic cinema and with everything that locks people up in a sort of social vise. Tromperie is the sum of this viewpoint of mine. In that idyllic place, the writer’s study, all the characters lay claim to their own freedom: they refuse to let themselves be locked up in a pigeonhole. They choose freedom.”
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