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The Color of Lies (1999)

Au coeur du mensonge (original title)
Not Rated | | Crime, Drama | 13 January 1999 (France)
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In a small Breton town, a 10-year-old girl is found murdered. René, her art teacher, a professional painter, is the last person to have seen her alive. The inspector in charge of the ... See full summary »

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Claude Chabrol

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Odile Barski (scenario), Claude Chabrol (scenario) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Sandrine Bonnaire ... Vivianne Sterne
Jacques Gamblin ... René Sterne
Antoine de Caunes Antoine de Caunes ... Germain-Roland Desmot (as Antoine De Caunes)
Valeria Bruni Tedeschi ... Frédérique Lesage
Bernard Verley ... Inspecteur Loudun
Bulle Ogier ... Évelyne Bordier
Pierre Martot Pierre Martot ... Regis Marchal
Noël Simsolo Noël Simsolo ... Monsieur Bordier
Rodolphe Pauly Rodolphe Pauly ... Victor
Adrienne Pauly Adrienne Pauly ... Anna
Véronique Volta Véronique Volta ... Betty
Sylvie Flepp Sylvie Flepp ... Madame Lemoine
Florent Gibassier ... Joël Sarne
Thomas Chabrol ... Le médecin légiste
Wendy Malpeli Wendy Malpeli ... Eloïse Michel
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In a small Breton town, a 10-year-old girl is found murdered. René, her art teacher, a professional painter, is the last person to have seen her alive. The inspector in charge of the investigation immediately questions him. In this small provincial town where people all know each other and regularly meet at the Bar des Amis, René is increasingly unsettled by the other inhabitants' suspicions and by the inspector's investigation. Children stop coming to him for lessons. His wife, Viviane, a district nurse, protects him and supports him with her love. However, a self-centred media-star writer adds to René's confusion... Written by Anonymous

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Crime | Drama

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France

Language:

French

Release Date:

13 January 1999 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

The Color of Lies See more »

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Color | Color (Fujicolor)

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1.66 : 1
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The dignity of man is sensibility of passions
13 February 2008 | by FilmCriticLalitRaoSee all my reviews

For Claude Chabrol,a cinéaste who has made over 50 films,this film must be like one of his loving children.However,his admirers might view it in a different light as it might appear as a minor work for them but many serious viewers would nevertheless feel that there are some nice things to observe in this film.Au coeur du mensonge is a film about people who are grappling with truths and lies in their lives.This film is more of a character study even though it is true that there are two crimes depicted in the film.These vile acts are merely a pretext for small town people to talk of pretentiousness and infidelity.Au coeur du mensonge is also a story about two artists;one of them is a fake and other one is not so sure of his inherent abilities.There is also a woman in their midst who is torn between these two men.The message of this film is simple:To understand a lie,one has to go to its heart.When we watch Sandrine Bonnaire and Jacques Gamblin, we realize that the truth is not so complicated as it is always visible on surface level.


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