The Color of Lies

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Released: 13 January 1999 Released
Producted By: France 3 Cinéma
Country: France
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In a small Breton town, a 10-year-old girl is found murdered. René, her art teacher, a professional painter, is the last person to have seen her alive. The inspector in charge of the investigation immediately questions him. In this small provincial town where people all know each other and regularly meet at the Bar des Amis, René is increasingly unsettled by the other inhabitants' suspicions and by the inspector's investigation. Children stop coming to him for lessons. His wife, Viviane, a district nurse, protects him and supports him with her love. However, a self-centred media-star writer adds to René's confusion...

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Hellen I like the storyline of this show,it attract me so much
CommentsXp Best movie ever!
Fairaher The film makes a home in your brain and the only cure is to see it again.
Kaydan Christian A terrific literary drama and character piece that shows how the process of creating art can be seen differently by those doing it and those looking at it from the outside.
Claudio Carvalho In the provincial St. Malo, in Brittany, the nurse Vivianne Sterne (Sandrine Bonnaire) and her crippled and sensitive husband René Sterne (Jacques Gamblin), who is a drawing teacher and former painter, live in an isolated shore side house. When his 10-year-old student Eloise is found raped and strangled in the woods nearby his house, the Parisian new chief of police Frédérique Lesage (Valeria Bruni Tedeschi) investigates the case and René becomes her prime suspect. Consequently his reputation and his life are destroyed and he loses his students. Meanwhile Vivianne is seduced by the arrogant and shallow writer and journalist Germain-Roland Desmot (Antoine de Caunes), who is a celebrity in Paris and is spending a vacation is his hometown, and is closer to him. Will Frédérique Lesage find the killer?"Au coeur du mensonge", a.k.a. "The Color of Lies", is another subtle and witty suspense directed by Claude Chabrol, one of the best French directors ever. The story shows flawed characters; therefore it is realistic and credible, and a study of human behavior in a small town. The performances are top notch and the conclusion is open to interpretation, a trademark of Chabrol. My vote is seven.Title (Brazil): "A Cor da Mentira" ("The Colour of the Lie")
jotix100 Rene Sterne, a painter living in a Brittany coastal town, has resorted to taking private students that he guides in the art of drawing. A small girl is seen with Rene as the film begins. As she finishes for the day, the girl is sent home, but she never makes it. Her body will be found in a forest area not far from the Sterne's home, where she was left by a criminal who raped her. All eyes focus on Rene as the police comes to investigate.The painter is married to Vivianne, a physical therapist. They seem to be happy in their environment until Rene is questioned about his possible involvement with the crime. Vivianne wants him to cooperate because she believes in her husband, a man with a bad leg whose work is not selling. The new police inspector is Frederique Lesage, a Parisian woman. Being new to the area, she relies on her colleague Inspector Loudun, a practical man who knows the area better.Into this milieu walks a wealthy author, Germain Desmot, who lives in the vicinity. He has sent Vivianne a copy of his latest novel. It is clear Desmot likes Vivianne. He realizes she is somewhat dowdy with the things she wears. He goes as far to suggest she will look stunning in blue. Rene, is the background, seems to resent the familiarity between his wife and the sophisticated man. He has reasons to be because Vivianne has agreed to meet Desmot in a hotel. She lies to Rene, although the tryst turns out to be a failure.One night while Germain Desmot has been at the Sternes, he drinks too much, being unable to drive, Rene offered a boat ride to his house. When Desmot's body is found by a maid in a sort of courtyard, brings Inspectors Lesage and Loudun to the scene. Death was caused by a heart attack.Claude Chabrol directed this psychological study about a tormented man. The director co-wrote the screenplay with Odile Barski, his usual collaborator. The last part of Mr. Chabrol film legacy is not as interesting as his earlier period. In spite of that, this film shows Cabrol in a sobering mood. The girl's murder is only a distraction that resonates with Rene because he is made a suspect for doing it. Rene realizes Vivianne's infidelity, but he never says anything about what he knows happened between her and Desmot. At the end it is Vivianne who comes out stronger as her husband falls into depression for a crime he might, or might not have committed.Jacques Gamblin gives a good performance as Rene. Sandrine Bonaire had a bigger role in Chabrol's more satisfying film "La Ceremonie", she has a limited opportunity in this film to shine, but her Vivianne is a complex character. Antoine De Caunes is perfectly suave as Desmot. Valeria Bruni-Tedeschi's inspector is not one of the best things she has done in the cinema.Eduardo Serra, the man who was closely associated with Claude Chabrol was the cinematographer. Mr. Serra gets the right atmosphere of the small Brittany town in the off season. The musical score is credited to Mathieu Chabrol, the director's son. This film should be seen by all Chabrol's fans. While not one of his best, it shows the director at a different period of his long career.
dbdumonteil ***SPOILERS*** ***SPOILERS*** One of Claude Chabrol's poorest offerings,this movie is near plagiarism:it sometimes recalls Edouard Molinaro's "La mort de Belle" from George Simenon.The teacher unfairly suspected of a crime who commits another crime :it's all there in Molinaro's 1963 movie featuring the great Jean Desailly.So why bother?Chabrol even copies himself:the ending looks like that of "juste avant la nuit" (1971)."Juste avant la nuit" ,though inferior to "la femme infidèle" "que la bête meure","le boucher" or "la rupture" boasted a wonderful cast:Bouquet and Audran.Here,what have we?Sandrine Bonnaire,totally incredible as a doctor,Bulle Ogier,a grotesque matron,and Antoine de Caunes ,an "actor" generally cast in some ponderous French comedies.Fortunately,he dies half an hour before the end,what a relief! The actress playing the cop should enter the Guiness book of Records as the worst performer of a police officer in history:how lucky they are,the ones who see the movie dubbed in English.Her voice and her swagger are comic at best,unbearable in the long run.I really wonder how she passed the audition.Along with this one ,some of Chabrol's films to avoid at any cost:"folies bourgeoises" ,"les magiciens","les innocents aux mains sales";and the ones that should be restored to favor:"l'enfer" and "masques".
Ana-4 The hypothesis of Chabrol: that life in society is only possible if it is based on lies, in the film, is a total lie! Also, it's interesting that the narrator at the actual time of these problems: pedophilia, unemployment, female cops (on television), was neurotic. It seems contrived in many situations: the infidelity of Vivianne (the nude painting of her), the assassin (the photo that was found in the assassin's bag).