A group of girls and boys in their twenties settle in a country house that seems completely isolated from civilization. One of them writes a novel while the others try to become a gang and prepare a robbery; some fall in love, or seem to be, or believe (or say) they are in love. But these two, three, ten plot lines unfold from what the characters hide or just don’t know, connecting the writing of the novel and the forming of the gang, and the past of two of the characters with that of the house, and of those who perhaps were the two most bitter enemies of nineteenth century Argentine history… With a sense of humor and play that is both the character’s and the film’s, Todos mienten superimposes plot lines as if it were a tapestry from which a part is constantly hidden, revealing it later and changing its meaning, by means of a complot of specialists in pretense that asks the audience to become an accomplice. Brilliant, vital, with an extraordinary depuration and economy of film resources that makes systematic long takes not seem like a prison, but the result of a necessity, Todos mienten is the joy of cinema in its purest form. –BAFICI
A drier Rivette redux (rehash?) - with the references to & concern with national politics, the conspiracies, the theater, the literariness etc.- but here far more schematic, more plotted & pieced. Narrative has become an abstract geometry of motives, even character (so important to Rivette) is reduced to trope (white lady, doll etc) and the mystery feels slightly mass-produced. Still enjoyable and thought-provoking.
This film, let alone any that remotely link to it, are not meant for everyone. This is precisely what an introverted mind (like mine) does when married with A.D.D. But, I'd be lying if I said that I did not hate this movie at first. While I have to give this film time to grow in my mind before I can even understand a sliver of it, I cannot say I did not enjoy it -- It will keep you captivated and interested