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The Man Who Lies

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On the run from pursuing soldiers, Boris (Jean-Louis Trintignant) finds a refuge in a small European town which, years before, was home to Jean, a resistance fighter hunted by the Nazis. Boris ingratiates himself in the community, weaving tales of his encounters with the martyred rebel, and thereby seducing Jean's widow.. and sister… and maid. But Boris's erotic games are interrupted when a mysterious stranger  -- who may, in fact, be Jean -- arrives in the village.

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  • Actors: Jean-Louis Trintignant
  • Directors: Alain Robbe-Grillet
  • Format: NTSC
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Redemption
  • DVD Release Date: May 27, 2014
  • Run Time: 95 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • ASIN: B00IP14IV8
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #637,833 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By 4-Legged Defender on August 5, 2014
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
Let me preface this review by stating that most Americans will absolutely hate this film, as they do with all of Alain Robbe-Grillet's body of filmwork. Even the widely-acclaimed 'Last Year in Marienbad' (1961), a Criterion release written by Robbe-Grillet and directed by Alain Renais, falls under most cine-snobs radar due to its surrealistic questions, dreamy and nightmarish fusion of past and present in a confounding fever dream. We yanks like our films set in stone, and all this quasi-philosophical, fragmented, fractured, non-linear stuff that disregards narrative and invites us to think instead of popcorn-pop our way through a flick is disregarded as pompous fodder for the trashbin. I understand this sentiment; just don't always agree with it.

As usual, this film stars ARG staple Jean-Louis Trintignant as protagonist - we can't call him by name, as he first introduces himself as Jean Robin and later tells us he's really Boris Viasso, insisting as such while standing next to a tomb marker whose poor inhabitant has the same name - you see, he's 'The Man Who Lies', and his duplicitous narration of the facts are all we have to believe or disbelieve in. Nothing he claims about himself, the past, present or former ally, resistance fighter, war hero and or traitor (also named Jean Robin) can be relied upon, which will drive some beserk as they watch, but personally I found engaging and humorous to its conclusion.

As the film opens, he's running from the Nazis (even though this takes place years after the war ended) and finds current refuge in a small town, stumbling upon the castle residence of three beauties - a maid and two sisters, one of whom was (naturally) married to his martyred rebel comrade.
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