IFFR KINO #48: Blind Date event – Doubles Vies (2018)
- Olivier Assayas
- Guillaume Canet, Juliette Binoche, Vincent Macaigne, Christa Théret
- Comedy, Drama, Romance
- 107 minutes
Olivier Assayas takes aim at well-healed intellectuals of the Parisian publishing milieu in the nimble comedy drama Doubles vies. His characters are pompous and at times insufferable, but this fresh, funny, film is anything but.
Publisher Alain (Guillaume Canet) and his wife Selena (Juliette Binoche) are doing their best to adapt to modern life. He is forced to cooperate in the digitisation of the publishing sector, while she – once a stage actress – is acting in a long-running police series on television. With their friends, who include author Léonard (Vincent Macaigne), they discuss the changes taking place in their working lives. But is everything not just staying the same, really? Assayas seems increasingly critical of his protagonists; they are far too wrapped up in themselves to see where they should be heading.