Olivier Assayas' smart dramedy set in the publishing world deftly balances a serious, informed debate about the future of publishing in the digital age against the romantic foibles, workaday stresses and crazymaking tendencies of the characters' messy lives. The outstanding ensemble cast includes Guillaume Canet as a veteran publishing exec; Juliette Binoche as his TV actress wife; Vincent Macaigne as a mid-list literary author whose work's worsening reception has him slated to be dropped; and former standup comedian Nora Hamzawi as Macaigne's devoted but distracted partner, a hard-working political staffer. "Only actors of the caliber and intelligence of Canet and Binoche can toss off their sparring lines with the ease and conviction of stimulating dinner-party conversations, conveying warmth, brains and fallibility in equal measure: You want to join in the discussion around the table, hoping you can keep up." – Jay Weissberg, Variety. DIR/SCR Olivier Assayas; PROD; Charles Gillibert. France, 2018, color, 108 min. In French with English subtitles. NOT RATED
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