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Abuse of Weakness (2013)

Abus de faiblesse (original title)
Unrated | | Drama | 12 February 2014 (France)
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A stroke-afflicted filmmaker is manipulated by a notorious con man.


Catherine Breillat
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Isabelle Huppert ... Maud
Kool Shen Kool Shen ... Vilko
Laurence Ursino ... Andy
Christophe Sermet Christophe Sermet ... Ezzé
Ronald Leclercq Ronald Leclercq ... Gino
Fred Lebelge Fred Lebelge ... Présentateur TV
Tristan Schotte Tristan Schotte ... Antoine
Daphné Baiwir ... Hortense (as Daphné Baïwir)
Dimitri Tomsej Dimitri Tomsej ... Louis
Nicolas Steil Nicolas Steil ... Père de Louis
Jean-François Lepetit Jean-François Lepetit ... Jean-Paul
Marc De Bodin De Galembert Marc De Bodin De Galembert ... Avocat
Patrick Van Ackere Patrick Van Ackere ... Kiné
François Stockmans François Stockmans ... Professeur
Valérie Chavet Valérie Chavet ... Orthophoniste
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A stroke-afflicted filmmaker is manipulated by a notorious con man.

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Catherine Breillat: plays a woman in physical therapy who Maud passes by in her wheelchair. See more »


[first lines]
Emergency Operator: Hello, yes.
Maud Shainberg: Hello. I need an ambulance.
Emergency Operator: I'm listening.
Maud Shainberg: Half my body is dead.
Emergency Operator: You're talking, so you can't be dead.
Maud Shainberg: No, I'm not dead. I'm calling for help.
Emergency Operator: Lady?
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References Who Killed Pasolini? (1995) See more »

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A most uncomfortable watch
5 September 2019 | by christopher-underwoodSee all my reviews

This was always going to be a problem for me. Not because it was a movie directed by Catherine Breillat and likely to be provocative and thought provoking and most certainly not because the star was Isabelle Huppert. My problem stems from the nature of the con man. And not even a problem with his actions but with those of the conned. Very few poor people get conned, what is the point? No, it is the rich, those with substantial monies. And a sense of greed. So, this film being based upon the real and terrible tale of Breillat falling for this crook and proceeding to passover hundreds of thousands is not for me a happy watch. it is well done and worth seeing if only for the most fantastic and convincing performance of Huppert. She is always good but here playing the besotted and paralysed 'unfortunate' who gets completely rolled over as she ignores friends and family, she is sensational. A most uncomfortable watch.

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Release Date:

12 February 2014 (France) See more »

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Abuse of Weakness See more »

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Opening Weekend USA:

$9,140, 17 August 2014

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1.85 : 1
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