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Abuse of Weakness

Abus de Faiblesse | Catherine Breillat 2013
France | French with English subtitles | 105 minutes

Director Catherine Breillat and star Isabelle Huppert in person for Q&A on October 6!

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 an adaptation 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, with a bold, tough performance by Isabelle Huppert as the Breillat figure and French/Portuguese rapper Kool Shen as the con man.

Travel support generously provided by Unifrance.

Series: NYFF51: Official Selection

Venue: Howard Gilman Theater, Alice Tully Hall

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