In case you missed this year's Alliance Française French Festival Opening Night film, experience this spectacular and exhilarating adaptation of Balzac’s classic novel. Epic in scope and impact, Lost Illusions is an eerily prescient fable bracingly attuned to the anxieties of the modern media age. This is grand French cinema at its most lavish, and finest!
The year is 1821. Handsome poet Lucien (Benjamin Voisin, in a star-making turn) is poor, but highly ambitious. Failing to make a name for himself in his provincial home town, he naively follows his married patroness (a radiant Cécile de France) to the glamorous beau monde of Paris. But Lucien has entered a society far more dangerous than he realised, and the venomous denizens of the salons (brought to life by a superb ensemble including Jeanne Balibar, Gérard Depardieu and Xavier Dolan) conspire to keep him out of their ranks. Lucien is forced to abandon his principles and find work at a low-brow newspaper, where his scathing critiques soon cause a sensation and arouse the interest of admirers and publishers. But in a society where profit and status rule, what is really left for Lucien?
Winners will be drawn on Monday 13 June.
Tickets valid in advance screenings running from Friday 17 - Sunday 19 June. Lost Illusions available for general release from Thursday 23 June
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