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The Man Who Lies 15 rating

Jean-Louis Trintignant is the mysterious stranger who arrives in a French village claiming to be an old comrade of a local resistance hero, in Alain Robbe-Grillet’s piercing fable of war-time myth and memory.

Drama 1968 93 mins

Director: Alain Robbe-Grillet

Overview

Jean-Louis Trintignant is the mysterious stranger, Boris Varissa, who arrives in a French village claiming to be an old comrade and key confidant of a late local legend, resistance leader Jean Robin. As he ingratiates himself with a sceptical public, it becomes clear that nothing is truly as it seems.

Alain Robbe-Grillet’s piercing study of war-time myth and memory was his second collaboration with Jean-Loius Trintignant following Trans-Europ Express; the actor would win the Silver Bear for Best Actor at the 18th Berlin Film Festival.