OF LOVE AND LIES
Writer/director Julien Rappeneau’s follow-up to his 2016 debut hit Rosalie Blum, OF LOVE AND LIES is the uplifting story of irrepressible 12-year old Théo. Théo wants nothing more than to offer hope to his disillusioned father, Laurent, when an opportunity comes for Théo to try out for the youth training programme of English football club Arsenal. Despite showing obvious talent, he’s rejected for being too small, so Théo impulsively articulates a well-meaning fiction… one that quickly spirals and overtakes not just his life, but all those around him. As with Rosalie Blum, Rappeneau demonstrates skill at bringing empathy, humour and charm to the lives of ordinary people with this rousing and heartfelt story. Its timeless message of determination and community will speak to viewers of any age – or size.
Maleaume Paquin, André Dussollier