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232 Ratings

The Man Who Lies

L'homme qui ment

Directed by Alain Robbe-Grillet
France, Czechoslovakia, 1968
Drama, Avant-Garde


A man calling himself Boris, arrives in a village in Central Europe, claiming to have been a friend of a local lad who disappeared since the war. His conflicting tale gives rise to doubts about his story.

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The Man Who Lies Directed by Alain Robbe-Grillet

Critics reviews

What makes this movie electrifying is Robbe-Grillet’s framing and cutting and Trintignant’s performance. In literature, Robbe-Grillet specialised in long, insanely detailed descriptions, during which the reader sometimes discovers that the author has started describing a whole different scene somewhere along the way, without giving notice. In cinema, the artist moves in a snappier way, building up a scene from fragments, frequently freezing his actors in situ while the camera jumps around them.
July 23, 2015
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