ABUSE OF WEAKNESS

Directed by Catherine Breillat | Written by Catherine Breillat
US release date: August 15, 2014
Written and directed by Catherine Breillat
With Isabelle Huppert, Kool Shen and Laurence Ursino
104 min, Drama, France, 2014

Abuse of Weakness, is an exploration of power and sex.  Isabelle Huppert stars as Maud, a strong willed filmmaker who suffers a stroke. Bedridden, but determined to pursue her latest film project, she sees Vilko (Kool Shen), a con man who swindles celebrities, on a TV talk show. Interested in him for her new film, the two meet and Maud soon finds herself falling for Vilko's manipulative charm as their symbiotic relationship hurdles out of control. 

In 2004, at the age of 56, filmmaker Catherine Breillat suffered a serious stroke. Her left side was initially paralyzed and after five months in the hospital she worked like a demon to walk again. Not long after, she prepared an adaptation of her novel Bad Love and decided to cast the notorious "swindler of the stars," Christophe Rocancourt, fresh from a jail term for fraud. Over the next several months, Rocancourt took advantage of Breillat’s condition and stood by her side as she wrote him checks amounting to €650,000. She later took him to court won her case, and chronicled the experience in a book that she has now adapted into a uniquely haunting film, with a bold, tough performance by Isabelle Huppert as the Breillat figure and French/Portuguese rapper Kool Shen as the con man.


Opens in the US on August 15, 2014

- Opens in NY on August 15 at Film Society of Lincoln Center
- Opens in LA on August 22 at Laemmle Royal

 

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