21st Century Cinema
Abuse of Weakness
Directed by Catherine Breillat • 2013 • France
Starring Isabelle Huppert, Kool Shen, Laurence Ursino
Inspired by director Catherine Breillat’s real-life experiences, ABUSE OF WEAKNESS is a daring exploration of power and sex from a director fearlessly confronting her own demons. Isabelle Huppert stars as Maud, a strong-willed filmmaker whose world is turned upside down when she suffers a stroke. Bedridden but determined to pursue her latest film project, she sees Vilko (Kool Shen), a con man who swindles celebrities, on a TV talk show. Interested in him for her new film, Maud arranges to meet him and soon finds herself falling for Vilko’s manipulative charm as their parasitic relationship spirals out of control.
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