Abuse of weakness

Abuse of weakness

Abus de faiblesse

DVD - 2014 | French
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The film is an exploration of power and sex. Maud is a strong-willed filmmaker who suffers a stroke. Bedridden but determined to pursue her latest film project, she sees Vilko, 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 parasitic relationship hurtles out of control.
Victime d’une hémorragie cérébrale, Maud, cinéaste, se réveille un matin dans un corps à moitié mort qui la laisse hémiplégique, face à une solitude inéluctable. Alitée mais déterminée à poursuivre son projet de film, elle découvre Vilko, arnaqueur de célébrités, en regardant un talk-show télévisé. Son arrogance crève l’écran avec superbe : Maud le veut pour son prochain film. Ils se rencontrent. Il ne la quitte plus. Elle aussi, il l’escroque et lui emprunte des sommes astronomiques. Il lui prend tout mais lui donne une gaieté et une sorte de chaleur familiale. Ce film raconte l’abus de faiblesse dont Maud est victime.
Publisher: [Culver City, CA] : Strand Releasing, 2014.
Edition: Widescreen = Panoramique
Branch Call Number: ABUSE
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (105 min.) : sd, col. ; 4 3/4 in.
1 vidéodisque (105 min) : son, coul. ; 12 cm.
Alternative Title: Abus de faiblesse

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Ron@Ottawa
Feb 13, 2018

This film by French director Catherine Breillat is a very average watch in my view. The plot is about a film producers, crippled by a recent stroke, falling for a con man and losing all of her financial assets. The problem is I do not find her a likable person, and she kind of deserved the misfortune the befell on her. Once I have lost interest in the main characters the film simply failed to engage my attention. In French with subtitles.

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zal1
Aug 10, 2015

Another of Ms. Hupperts role as a having a quirky personality. I am not sure whether I enjoyed the movie but the ending seems a little contrived and doesn't build up a strong story for a topic on manipulation.

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