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Watch: International Trailer For Catherine Breillat’s 'Abuse Of Weakness' Starring Isabelle Huppert

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 15, 2014 10:34 AM
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With Sundance kicking off in 24 hours, and the Berlin Film Festival just a few weeks away, we're starting to get that arthouse itch, and here to offer a bit of relief is a new international trailer for Catherine Breillat's latest, "Abuse Of Weakness." And it's based on a rather remarkable true story of an incident that happened to Breillat herself.

John Waters Lists 'Spring Breakers,' 'Blue Jasmine' & More On His Top 10 Films Of 2013

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 2, 2013 11:08 AM
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There are top ten lists, and then there are top ten lists by John Waters. Each year, everyone's favorite cult filmmaker delivers his list to Artforum, and it's usually a surprising blend of arthouse oriented pictures and left field surprises.

TIFF Review: Catherine Breillat’s 'Abuse Of Weakness' Starring Isabelle Huppert

  • By Christopher Schobert
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  • September 10, 2013 4:31 PM
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It’s unlikely a filmmaker brought a more personal narrative project to the Toronto International Film Festival than Catherine Breillat. The “Fat Girl” and “Romance” director’s 14th film, “Abuse of Weakness,” is a strange, unsettling, and difficult-to-penetrate creation based on the most trying period of the acclaimed French filmmaker’s life. In 2004, Breillat suffered a sudden stroke, leading to a long recovery. A few years later, while still recovering, Breillat met a noted con artist named Christophe Rocancourt, an individual who would have shockingly destructive effect on her life. She was interested in Rocancourt to play the lead in an upcoming film, but what occurred for close to two years did not involve the making of a movie. (In fact, that film never went before cameras.) Instead, she gave Rocancourt loans for almost 700,000 euros, wiping out her savings.

Watch: First Clip From Catherine Breillat's 'Abuse of Weakness,' Starring Isabelle Huppert

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • September 10, 2013 12:57 PM
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Abuse Of Weakness, Huppert
By all accounts Catherine Breillat's new, unflinchingly autobiographical film "Abuse of Weakness" (based on her novel of the same name), starring Isabelle Huppert as a thinly veined on-screen equivalent for the director, is brilliant but just as tough to watch as the director's other films. Based on the first clip released from the film (you can watch below), which just debuted online, you can see why: there's a palpable sense of discomfort, made all the more queasy by Breillat's photographic and editorial choices.

New Pics From The Fall Film Season: 'Labor Day,' 'Out Of The Furnace,' 'Dallas Buyers Club,' 'Captain Phillips,' Fifth Estate' & More

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • September 5, 2013 6:20 PM
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New Pics From The Fall Film Season: 'Labor Day,' 'Out Of The Furnace,'
Fall movie season is upon us, which means that things are getting serious. The character pieces and adult dramas are finally coming out of the art houses and will soon be flooding the multiplexes as well, as various prestige pictures jockey for end-of-the-year critics lists and awards consideration. With that in mind, a whole slew of new photos have been unleashed for some of these prestige pics (many of them made our fall preview, and our Toronto International Film Festival preview too)—and guess what? We've got them for your scrolling pleasure.

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