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Léonard (Vincent Macaigne) used to be a really good writer. But the time seems to be long gone. Now he is writing novels in which he more or less obviously deals with his own life and his love affairs. This does not only entail unpleasant questions during readings. His publisher Alain (Guillaume Canet) is not very enthusiastic about Léonard's style and doesn't want to publish his latest manuscript anymore. In addition, Alain has completely different problems: his publishing house is experiencing a digitalization mania and it is Alain of all people, who still believes in the classic book, who is supposed to help the attractive Laure (Christa Théret) lead the publishing house into the future. Alain's wife Selena (Juliette Binoche), on the other hand, likes Léonard's latest book - perhaps also because she finds herself in it. After all, she has had an affair with the author of the lines for some time now…
We live in a world that has always been in a state of constant change. Politics, culture, society, nature - hardly anywhere can a permanent standstill be observed. Some of these changes are good and important, others are more worrying. But all changes have one thing in common: You have to talk about them. And this is exactly what Olivier Assayas does in his new film "Between the Lines". He focuses on the cultural and digital change that is currently shaping our society and lets his protagonists discuss the pros and cons, sometimes bitingly, sometimes passionately. But there is much more at stake here than just digitisation. It is also about the definition of concepts such as truth, honesty and fidelity. To recognize this, you really don't have to read "Between the Lines".
The plot consists of several short snapshots in which different characters of the ensemble meet and exchange their points of view. That's usually written very cleverly and wittily, but it also encourages reflection and discussion. However, there is simply a lack of clear structure and a stirring story to keep all the amusing word battles together. Sure, strictly speaking, there's a storyline. However, this is so thinly constructed that the film would collapse completely without the support of the good dialogues.
Good actors, a relevant statement and the wonderfully written dialogues - which were also convincingly translated into German - make "Between the Lines", despite some lengths and dramaturgical weaknesses, a really worth seeing film for lovers of French arthouse cinema. For all others, however, the almost two-hour word fights should be a bit too strenuous in the long run.
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