In a small French fishing village, a ten-year-old girl is raped and murdered. She was on her way home from her art teacher Rene and he is immediately suspected. But in the outer circles of the otherwise quiet village, there are more truths hiding than we at the first realize. A young female police inspector starts questioning the villagers. And people like to talk... Au coeurdu mensonge takes us into the darkest heart of untruthfulness and shows us the most vulnerable thing - love. The film is a very beautiful love story between Rene and his wife Viviane. They are everything to each other but lying pushes itself closer to the couple, into their home and hearts. Their love is partly built on illusions. But every lie has its weak point and can easily burst. The film is about the interplay between people and how to stand living together. What parts of ourselves do we show to others and what parts do we hide? Like David Lynch's Twin Peaks this is a story about an isolated society and the rumours and suspicions that arise. The film is shot in the misty bluish-grey tone of the coastline and one feels the sea's dampness rolling over land, giving houses and roads a range of colour that is well adapted to the mysticism of the story.

Title
Colour of lies, The
Director
Claude Chabrol
Country
France
Length
93 min
Festival
1999
Section
Open Zone
Language
French
Production year
1999
Original title
Au coeur du mensonge
Cast
Sandrine Bonnaire, Jacques Gamblin
Producer
Marin Karmitz
Script
Odile Barski, Claude Chabrol
Music
Matthieu Chabrol

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