Abuse of Weakness - Abus de Faiblesse
One week exclusive theatrical run!
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 uniquely 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.
New York Film Festival, 2013
Toronto International Film Festival, 2013
London Film Festival, 2013
“Among Breillat's most compelling films” —Stephanie Zacharek, The Village Voice
“The entire film is [Huppert’s] tour de force” —Megan Ratner, Film Quarterly