Screening to be followed by an extended conversation between Isabelle Huppert and John Waters.


This event is currently standby only. A standby line will form at the box office one hour prior to the screening and tickets may become available on a first-come, first-served basis. Our one week exclusive theatrical run of Abuse of Weakness opens August 15.


In 2004, at the age of 56, 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 a screenplay 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 haunting film, which features a bold, tough performance by Isabelle Huppert as the Breillat figure and French/Portuguese rapper Kool Shen as the con man. A selection at the 51st New York Film Festival. A Strand Releasing release.

Ticket Price: $25 General Public / $20 Student, Senior, Member

  • Directed By Catherine Breillat
  • 2013
  • France
  • French with English subtitles
  • DCP
  • 105 minutes