2021 (France) 149 minutes

Directed by: Xavier Giannoli

Lucien de Rubempre (Benjamin Voisin) is an ambitious and unknown aspiring poet in 19th century France. He leaves his provincial town, arriving in Paris on the arm of his admirer, Louise de Bargeton (Cecile de France). Outmatched in elite circles, Lucien’s naive etiquette prompts Louise to retreat back to her husband, leaving the young poet to forge a new path. Lucien makes a new friend in another young writer, Etienne Lousteau (Vincent Lacoste), who introduces him to the business of journalism where a salon of wordsmiths and wunderkinds make or break the reputations of actors and artists with insouciant impunity. Lucien agrees to write rave reviews for bribes, achieving material success at the expense of his conscience and soon discovers that the written word can be an instrument of both beauty and deceit. Xavier Giannoli’s adaptation of Honore de Balzac’s epic novel, Lost Illusions is a ravishing vision of the birth of modern media. 

2022 French Cesar Awards – Winner of 7 Awards including Best Film, Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Supporting Actor, Best Cinematography, Best Production Design and Best Male Newcomer

Incline Village Cinema – December 3 – 8:30pm

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