LOST ILLUSIONS FILM. Lost Illusions is an adaptation of Honoré de Balzac’s novel. Released on October 20, 2021, it was nominated 15 times for the César 2022.
[Mis à jour le 25 février 2022 à 20h00] lost illusions is racing at the head of the César 2022. The film directed by Xavier Giannoli is nominated 15 times (Best film, best director, best actor in a supporting role, best actresses in a supporting role, best hopes…). If that does not assure him of winning all the prizes during the awards evening, he is certainly a favorite. Lose illusions are the adaptation of the novel of the same name by Honoré de Balzac. The public follows the rise and fall of Lucien, an aspiring poet who goes behind the scenes of the Parisian art world.
Xavier Giannoli has surrounded himself with a cast of choice for lost illusions. Benjamin VoisinSummer 85) embodies the protagonist, and plays the role of Vincent Lacoste, Cécile de France, Xavier Dolan, Jeanne Balibar and Gérard Depardieu. If you missed this drama when it was released in theaters on October 20, 2021, you will have to wait a little longer to find out since the film has not yet been released either on VOD or streaming. Note however that some cinemas still offer it on the bill, especially in Paris.
Synopsis – France, 19th century. Lucien wants to become a great poet and leaves the family printing house to go to Paris. He is helped by a protector of the arts and goes behind the scenes of the Parisian art world, where profit and hypocrisy reign.
After Marc Dugain who directed the in September 2021 Eugenie Grandetit’s Xavier Giannoli’s turn to offer his adaptation of a key work by Honoré de Balzac. lost illusions bring up to date the prose of the famous 19th-century novelist by transposing it on the big screen. And the critics are unanimous: it’s a success. “A great film” according to La Croix, “a dazzling modern fresco” for Le Parisien, “an exciting film” according to Première, the qualifiers are not lacking to describe Giannoli’s cinema proposal.
Supported by a five-star cast (Benjamin Voisin, Cécile de France, Vincent Lacoste, Xavier Dolan, Gérard DepardieuJeanne Balibar to name but a few), the film lost illusions criticizes the cynical capitalism that governs our society and the pretense of the world of the press in which an unknown young poet hopes to make a name for himself. Le Monde also praises the cast of actors who “indulge in prodigious verbal jousting, in a communicative pleasure of play”. The “brilliant” staging for La Croix, “elegant, sensual and swirling” for the JDD, “impressive mastery” for Première, is not to be outdone, since it is unanimously hailed by critics.