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Lost Illusions

Illusions Perdues

Xavier Giannoli | 2021 | 150 MINS
France | Subtitles
French Film Festival UK

After its very popular screenings at the Chichester Film Festival, we present this blue-chip French costume drama about a poetic youth who comes to the big city with provincial idealism and callow sensitivity, only to replace them with ambition, lust and corruption

In Detail

In 1821, Lucien de Rubempré arrives in Paris as a sensitive, and idealistic young poet determined to write a reputation-making novel. Instead, he finds himself swept into journalism, whose influence and reach is booming with the help of the printing press, widely available of late. Under the mentorship of cynical editor Étienne Lousteau, Lucien agrees to write rave theatre reviews for bribes, achieving material success at the expense of his conscience.

Lost Illusions is sumptuous yet piercing, an expertly plotted social-relations saga of the kind that once typified prestige Hollywood cinema, and it dives into moral quandaries rather than dispensing easy bromides.

Cast includes Benjamin Voisin, Cecile de France and Vincent Lacoste.

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