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Lost Illusions

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Overview

Lucien de Rubempré (Benjamin Voisin) is an ambitious and unknown aspiring poet in 19th century France. He leaves his provincial town, arriving in Paris on the arm of his admirer, Louise de Bargeton (Cécile de France). Outmatched in elite circles, Lucien’s naive etiquette prompts Louise to retreat back to her husband, leaving the young poet to forge a new path. Lucien makes a new friend in another young writer, Etienne Lousteau (Vincent Lacoste), who introduces him to the business of journalism where a salon of wordsmiths and wunderkinds make or break the reputations of actors and artists with insouciant impunity. Lucien agrees to write rave reviews for bribes, achieving material success at the expense of his conscience and soon discovers that the written word can be an instrument of both beauty and deceit. Xavier Giannoli’s sumptuous adaptation of Honoré de Balzac’s epic novel, Lost Illusions is a ravishing vision of the birth of modern media. 

Reactions, Awards & Festivals

Official Selection

Venice Film Festival

Winner of 7 Awards Including Best Film, Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Supporting Actor, Best Male Newcomer, Best Cinematography and Best Set Design

César Awards 2022

“With its stellar performances, dramatic orchestral score and rich costume and set design, Illusions Perdues is a worthwhile, sweeping narrative of love, lust and literary ambition.”

Lovia Gyarkye

The Hollywood Reporter

“Sumptuous and surprisingly au courant cinematic retelling”

Peter DeBruge

Variety

Cast & Crew
  • Lucien de Rubempré : Benjamin Voisin
  • Louise de Bargeton : Cécile De France
  • Étienne Lousteau : Vincent Lacoste
  • Nathan : Xavier Dolan
  • Coralie : Salomé Dewaels
  • Marquise d’Espard : Jeanne Balibar
  • Dauriat : Gérard Depardieu
  • Baron du Châtelet : André Marcon
  • Finot : Louis-Do Lencquesaing
  • Singali : Jean-François Stévenin
  • Director : Xavier Giannoli
  • Adaptation Written By : Xavier Giannoli
  • Adaptation Written By : Jacques Fieschi
  • Photography : Christophe Beaucarne
  • Editing : Cyril Nakache
  • Sets : Riton Dupire-Clément
  • Costumes : Pierre-Jean Larroque
  • Sound : François Musy, Renaud Musy and Didier Lozahic
Technical Info
  • Release Date : June 10, 2022
  • Year : 2022
  • Country : France
  • Language : French
  • Running Time : 150 minutes
  • Aspect Ratio : 2.39:1
  • Projection Format : DCP
  • Rating : Not Rated
  • Genre : Drama
Theatrical Engagements
Theater Name
City
State
Date
New York
New York
06/10/2022
New York
New York
06/10/2022
Los Angeles
California
06/10/2022
Pasadena
California
06/10/2022
Encino
California
06/10/2022
Coral Gables
Florida
06/17/2022
Westhampton Beach
New York
06/21/2022
Tuscaloosa
Alabama
06/21/2022
Santa Barbara
California
06/24/2022
Boca Raton
Florida
06/24/2022
Seattle
Washington
06/24/2022
Chicago
Illinois
07/01/2022
Palm Springs
California
07/01/2022
Sedona
Arizona
07/01/2022
Cleveland
Ohio
07/23/2022
Houston
Texas
08/05/2022