Philip is a famous American writer living in exile in London. His mistress comes regularly to see him in his office, a refuge for the two lovers. They make love, argue, reconcile, and talk for hours—about the women who mark out his life, sex, antisemitism, literature, and remaining true to oneself.
Prior to his return to Cannes this year, Arnaud Desplechin brings a seductive blend of intellectual and carnal passions to his riveting adaptation of Phillip Roth’s eponymous novel. A mesmerizing, literary concoction of sex, love, and loyalty made bewitching by Léa Seydoux’s luminous performance.
Michelangelo Antonioni, 1957, Italy
Takeshi Kitano, 1996, Japan
Yeşim Ustaoğlu, 1999, Turkey
Jia Zhangke, 1997, China
Erick Zonca, 2008, France
Johnnie To, 2008, Hong Kong
Götz Spielmann, 2008, Austria
Wong Kar Wai, 2004, Hong Kong
Vincent Paronnaud,Marjane Satrapi, 2007, France
Michael Haneke, 2001, Austria