Fifth about The Seventh

Deception (Tromperie)

Deception: Arnaud Desplechin’s adaptation of Philip Roth’s book locates itself somewhere between a place of memories, dreams, and imaginations. It looks at a writer and some (real? imagined? misremembered?) of his relationships with women; with him being a wordsmith, that means mostly his long, all-encompassing conversations with them. The dialogue is intense, and it is beautifully read and reacted to by Denis Podalydès, as the womanizing writer, and Léa Seydoux, his much younger lover. Her performance, in particular, is quite wonderful, as she builds up a deep character. The director of photography Yorick Le Saux’s elegant work gives the film its dreamy mood and editor Laurence Briaud stitches them all nicely. Composer Grégoire Hetzel’s quiet and classy musical score complements the visuals nicely.

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