Lost Illusions


Lost Illusions

Directed by Xavier Giannoli
(France, 2022, digital, in French with English subtitles)

“Fast-paced and hugely entertaining” —Vulture.com

Lucien (Benjamin Voisin), an idealistic young poet in 19th-century France, leaves his provincial town for Paris on the arm of his admirer (Cécile de France). When a writer (Vincent Lacoste) introduces Lucien to the business of journalism, where wordsmiths make or break the reputations of actors and artists with insouciant impunity, Lucien discovers that the written word can be an instrument of both beauty and deceit. A sumptuous adaptation of Honoré de Balzac’s epic novel, Lost Illusions earned seven César Awards (French Oscars).

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The MFAH film department is supported by Tenaris; the Vaughn Foundation; The Consulate General of the Republic of Korea; Nina and Michael Zilkha; Consulate General of Italy in Houston; Italian Cultural Institute in Los Angeles; Consulate General of Brazil in Houston; Franci Neely; Carrin Patman and Jim Derrick; Ms. Laurence Unger; L’Alliance Française de Houston; and ILEX Foundation.