Isabelle Huppert

Isabelle Huppert enlivens otherwise flat theatrical exercise 'False Confessions'

Isabelle Huppert enlivens otherwise flat theatrical exercise 'False Confessions'

The plays of the 18th century French dramatist Pierre Marivaux — best known stateside for “The Triumph of Love” — are often fueled by linguistic flair and delicious romantic machinations. A new film of his 1737 farce “False Confessions” (“Les fausses confidences”) is fueled almost entirely by Isabelle Huppert.

Worse fates could befall a movie, and the formidable Huppert, tapping a far lighter vein than in last year’s “Elle” or “Things to Come,” brings a fascinating physicality to the role of a wealthy widow, whether she’s doing tai chi in satin pajamas or teetering on Louboutins. But despite a few playful flourishes, filmmaker Luc Bondy’s experiment in artifice never takes...

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