Au coeur du mensonge
The Colour of Lies
(France, 1998, 113 minutes)
A ten-year old girl is found raped and strangled near her painting teacher’s house; the female inspector in charge suspects the man, but he protests his innocence while distracted with his wife’s wooing by a playboy novelist on holiday. Austere, playful mystery disguising a meditation on trust and truth; very typical of its director’s work, but rather more sombre than usual and with less of his customary cynical irony.
A MK2 Diffusion release. Marin Karmitz presents a MK2 Productions/France 3 Cinéma co-production, with the participation of Canal Plus and the support of Procirep and Sofilmka. Starring Sandrine Bonnaire, Jacques Gamblin, Antoine de Caunes, Valeria Bruni Tedeschi; Bernard Verley, Bulle Ogier. Directed by Claude Chabrol; produced by Marin Karmitz; written by Odile Barski and Claude Chabrol; music by Matthieu Chabrol; director of photography (Eclair), Eduardo Serra; production designer, Françoise Benoit-Fresco; costume designer, Corinne Jorry; film editor, Monique Fardoulis.