Lost Illusions

Drama, History, Romance 149 min
Sunday, August 7

A sweeping adaptation of one of Balzac’s greatest novels, a contemporary tale of corruption amidst an early form of “fake news.” In 1821, Lucien de Rubempré (César winner Benjamin Voisin) 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 (César winner Vincent Lacoste), Lucien agrees to write rave theater reviews for bribes, achieving material success at the expense of his conscience.

Lost Illusions is sensational.” — A.O. Scott, New York Times
“…sumptuous yet piercing, an expertly plotted social-relations saga” — Kyle Smith , Wall Street Journal
directed by
Xavier Giannoli
written by
Jacques Fieschi, Xavier Giannoli, Yves Stavrides
Benjamin Voisin, Cécile de France, Vincent Lacoste
French (with English subtitles)
France, Belgium