Feature movie directed by : Xavier Giannoli, writing credits : Jacques Fieschi, Xavier Giannoli from the novel "Lost illusions" written by Honoré de Balzac (1837), produced by : Olivier Delbosc, Sidonie Dumas, Curiosat films, Gaumont, cinematography : Christophe Beaucarne, film editing : Cyril Nakache, cast : Benjamin Voisin, Cécile de France, Vincent Lacoste, Xavier Dolan, Salomé Dewaels, Jeanne Balibar, André Marcon, Louis de Lencquesaing, Gérard Depardieu, Jean - François Stévenin, ..., (2021), 149mn.
The film director Xavier Giannoli does a great thing when he adapts the novel "Lost illusions" on screen written by Honoré de Balzac and printed between 1837 and 1843. Balzac considered "Lost illusions" as a "masterpiece inside a masterpiece" showing the rising and the falling of the young romantic heroe Lucien de Rubempré who leaves the city of Angoulème with his girlfriend for moving to Paris and becoming a novelist. Xavier Giannoli focuses the story on Rubempré in Paris and doesn't speaks about the third part of the novel because he wants to underline how money is important inside the plot. When he arrives in Paris Rubempré needs to have money and he decides to work as journalist. He discovers quickly a world where everything like feelings, art and information can be sell or buy. Inside the papers the journalists follow all the same line : taking an information for true even it isn't. This way of doing looks like the today fake news or the part playing by some people on social networks. Xavier Giannoli improves an admiration for Honoré de Balzac and recreates with the help of the film budget (17, 5 millions of euros) the Paris of the 19th century and shot also in famous theaters. The perfomance of the potent film actors like Vincent Lacoste as a cynical journalist, or Cécile de France as an unhappy baronness or Xavier Dolan as a famous writer gives a new importance to the novel.