OFFICIAL SELECTION: Alliance Française French Film Festival 2023
OFFICIAL SELECTION: BFI Flare Film Festival 2023
OFFICIAL SELECTION: The American French Film Festival 2022
Philippe Besson’s 2017 novel Arrête avec tes mensonges (Lie With Me) was a hit in France, and after a sympathetic translation by Francophile actor Molly Ringwald – yes, that Molly Ringwald - in 2019, this exquisite story of first love quickly became a world-wide best-seller.
Award-winning director Olivier Peyon brings Besson’s original work to the screen in a gorgeous exploration of regret, and the power of luminous first love. When successful author Stéphane Belcourt (Guillaume de Tonquédec) is invited to visit Cognac as a brand ambassador for a distillery, it’s the first time the writer has returned to his provincial French hometown in decades.
When Stéphane meets Lucas (Victor Belmondo), a young man assisting with the tour, and discovers he is the son of his first love, Thomas (Julien de Saint Jean), the author is forced to confront beautiful, yet painful, memories. Lie With Me moves seamlessly between the present and flashbacks to the past, when both young men were forced to make life-changing decisions about their futures. At the heart of this beautiful coming-of-age tale are the questions we all ask ourselves about the decisions we’ve made, and not made, the loves won and lost, and the lives we could have led.
Lie With Me features beautiful cinematography, an excellent script, and a world-class cast in a timeless and poetic story of first love and heartbreak.
In Cinemas October 12 (Unless otherwise stated)
Mount Vic Flicks (Queer Screen Film Festival) (Sat Sept 16)
Angelika Film Centre (New!)
Palace Eastend Cinemas (Starting after Adelaide Film Festival on October 26)
Director: Olivier Peyon
Run Time: 98 MIN
Rating: MA 15+
“…One of the year’s best films. Lie with Me is a stunning exploration of love found, lost and found again…”
✰✰✰✰ - CINERAMA FILM
✰✰✰✰ - LOUD & CLEAR FILM
“Cinematographer Martin Rit’s use of long lenses in close up not only emphasise his human subjects, but also the emotional, and erotic and romantic intensity between them”
✰✰✰✰ - CINE-VUE
✰✰✰✰ - NEW STATESMAN
“A wildly romantic story of lost love..”
✰✰✰✰ - FILM REVIEW DAILY
“..This assured and gracefully delivered tale…Catch it if you can”
✰✰✰✰ - EYE FOR FILM
“Victor Belmondo is dazzling as a young man haunted by the past as seen through Guillaume de Tonquédec.”
✰✰✰✰ - TWENTY MINUTES
“French Brokeback Mountain…”
✰✰✰ - THE GUARDIAN
“Guillaume De Tonquédec relives this mad love with delicacy and modesty”
✰✰✰✰ - LES DAUPHINE LIBERE
“Nicely acted by Guillaume de Tonquédec and Victor Belmondo, the film oscillates between great melody and the lightness, through a few moments of comedy.
✰✰✰✰ – LES PARISIEN
“Olivier Peyon offers a beautiful and touching adaptation of Philippe Besson's novel, with adept production.
✰✰✰✰ – LES FICHES DU CINEMA
“Adaptation of Philippe Besson's bestseller, the film respects the literary work and gives pride of place to its two young actors, Jérémy Gillet and Julien De Saint-Jean.”
✰✰✰✰ – TELE LOISIERS
“A moving adaptation of the autobiographical book by Philippe Besson”
✰✰✰ – LA CROIX
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