Abus de faiblesse

Abuse of Weakness

After a brain hemorrhage, Maud, a filmmaker, wakes up one morning in a half-dead body that has left her hemiplegic and facing inevitable solitude. Bedridden but determined to pursue her latest film project, she discovers Vilko, a con man who swindles celebrities, on a TV talk show. He is arrogant, magnetic and mesmerizing. Maud wants him for her new film. They meet. He sticks around. He swindles her, too … “An extraordinary collaboration between two legends of French cinema, Catherine Breillat’s brutally candid autobiographical drama stars Isabelle Huppert as a stroke-afflicted filmmaker manipulated by a notorious con man.” (Toronto International Film Festival)

Director's Biography
Catherine Breillat, born 1948 in Bressuire, France. After pursuing acting as well as writing novels and screenplays, she made her feature film directorial debut with UNE VRAIE JEUNE FILLE (A Real Young Girl) in 1976. Over the years her films have been shown at numerous international festivals. ABUSE OF WEAKNESS had its World Premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival in 2013. // Films (selected): PARFAIT AMOUR! (Perfect Love, 1996), ROMANCE (1999), A MA SOEUR! (Fat Girl, 2001), LA BELLE ENDORMIE (The Sleeping Beauty, 2010), ABUS DE FAIBLESSE (Abuse of Weakness, 2013)
European Panorama Fiction 2014
Catherine Breillat
France / Belgium / Germany 2013
104 minutes
OV with English subtitles
Screenplay Catherine Breillat
Cinematography Alain Marcoen
Editing Pascal Chavance
Sound/Sounddesign Dominique Warnier
Music Didier Lockwood
With Isabelle Huppert, Kool Shen
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