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Arnaud Desplechin presents: U.S. premiere of Deception (2021)

The U.S. premiere of Arnaud Desplechin's blistering adaptation of Philip Roth's novel, followed by a Q&A with Desplechin.

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Arnaud Desplechin presents: U.S. premiere of Deception (2021)
Arnaud Desplechin presents: U.S. premiere of Deception (2021)


Mar 04, 2022, 7:30 PM

Lumiere Music Hall, 9036 Wilshire Blvd, Beverly Hills, CA 90211, USA

Deception (Tromperie)

directed by Arnaud Desplechin 

2021, France, 105m, DCP

Based on the 1990 autobiographical novel by Philip Roth, Desplechin’s new film is a passion project thirty years in the making, adapted for the screen with Julie Peyr and shot during lockdown after several attempts for the stage. It tells the story of a married American writer named Philip (Denis Podalydès), living in London, and his intellectual and erotic tryst with a married Englishwoman (Léa Seydoux), trapped with a small child in a loveless upper-middle-class household. The lives of both characters are gradually revealed as they talk, before and after making love. With Emmanuelle Devos and Anouk Grinberg.

In French with English subtitles

U.S. premiere, followed by a Q&A with Arnaud Desplechin


Official Selection: Cannes Film Festival, 2021

“A dissection on the different modes of communication and expression that arise within the private confines of an illicit affair… Much of the film looks at the idea that being more instinctual and selfish when it comes to matters of the heart can usher in positivity, clarity, joy and even poetry.” -David Jenkins, Little White Lies

"An unabashed curio, with its talky, self-consciously theatrical construction and detached, ambivalent stance on toxic masculinity, it will satisfy the most completist admirers of Desplechin and Roth alike... True to the novel, the complexes and insecurities of Philip’s Jewish identity are frequently at the heart of the conversation... Thoughtfully acted across the board." -Guy Lodge, Variety


This program is presented with support from Unifrance and Villa Albertine.


Please note that this screening is taking place at the Lumiere Music Hall in Beverly Hills. Arnaud Desplechin will also be joining Mezzanine the previous evening at 2220 Arts + Archives, for a screening and conversation after a new restoration of his debut film and a carte-blanche revival selection. Click here for more information.

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