Director Xavier Giannoli
Cast Benjamin Voisin, Xavier Dolan, Cécile de France, Gérard Depardieu, Vincent Lacoste
Producer Curiosa Films, Gaumont
Distributor Les Films Opale
France, 1800s. Lucien, a young unknown poet, leaves his native province to try his luck in Paris. Left to his own devices, he discovers the behind-the-scenes world dedicated to money and false pretenses. A human comedy where everything can be bought or sold, literature like the press, politics like feelings, reputations like souls. He will love, suffer, and survive his illusions.
After Marguerite (2015), Xavier Giannoli - also author of the successes The Singer (2006), In the Beginning (2009) and Superstar (2012) - dives into the classic of Honoré de Balzac of which he offers up a sumptuous, colourful and epicurean adaptation. Presented in competition at the 78 th Mostra of Venice, Lost Illusions calls upon an array of well-known film actors: Cecile de France, Vincent Lacoste, Jeanne Balibar, and even Gérard Depardieu, funny as an illiterate editor. In the lead role of the young journalist consumed by his ambitions, the feisty Benjamin Voisin (Summer of 85) proves the breadth of his talent. And in the role of his writing rival, who better than Xavier Dolan? A tragedy with stinging retorts that offers up a brilliant portrayal of social-climbing and opportunism in a society eaten away by corruption.