• Shirley
  • Summerland
  • My Name is Baghdad
  • Turner Risk
  • Love, Victor
  • Stormy Night (A)
  • 7 minutes
  • I'm Gonna Make You Love Me
  • Goodbye Mother
  • Head Burst
  • Vlastníci
  • Right Near the Beach
  • Milkwater
  • Welcome to Chechnya
  • Mélange
  • Sublet
  • Clementine
  • Secret Love (A)
  • Kelet
  • Hannah Gadsby: Douglas
  • Shangela is Shook
  • Deadwood: The Movie
  • Character One: Susan
  • Braking for Whales
  • Calm with Horses
  • Bad Education
  • Escaping Freedom
  • Spiral
  • Ellie & Abbie (& Ellie's Dead Aunt)
  • Cicada
  • Burning Baby (The)
  • Low End (The)
  • Keystone
  • Importance of Being Oscar (The)
  • World on Fire
  • Stardust
  • How to Build a Girl
  • To the Stars
  • My Truth: The Rape of Two Coreys
  • Hunters


Country: France, Language: French, 108 mins

Original Title

Doubles vies
  • Director: Olivier Assayas
  • Writer: Olivier Assayas
  • Producer: Charles Gillibert

CGiii Comment

Basically, this is about the printed book versus the's a debate that presents itself, monotonously, repetitvely and incessantly through various conversations...yes, it is as boring as it sounds.

Let's get to the crux of the argument...e-books are all about accessibility, they are cheaper [by far], the font can be increased, they take up [literally] no space, they are paperless, they define obscure words instantaneously [no need for that heavy dictionary...there goes another book!] fact, it's a no-brainer, e-books win hands down.

Good can hear the traditionalists [those bookish reactionaries] wail and holler with contempt. Get off your elitist high-horses! Pragmatically, e-books win by playing the aces: Economics and environment. Whatever is [actually] written does not change what is written just because it is viewed on a different medium. Get over it and move on!

Alas...Olivier Assayas refuses to move on, he even introduces a mind-numbing political discourse...heaps of infidelity, an obsession with The White Ribbon...and, a bit of bisexuality to keep things 'interesting' - this is all wrapped around an absolute louse of a writer.

The 'Juliette Binoche' joke, the ridiculously happy ending with that horrific closing song...totally bemusing.

It's verbose, it's's pseudo-intellectualism at its worst. The funniest thing about this film calls itself a comedy. No-one's laughing.


The(ir) Blurb...

Set in the Parisian publishing world, an editor and an author find themselves in over their heads, as they cope with a middle-age crisis, the changing industry and their wives.

Cast & Characters

Guillaume Canet as Alain Danielson
Juliette Binoche as Selena
Vincent Macaigne as Léonard Spiegel
Christa Théret as Laure d'Angerville
Nora Hamzawi as Valérie
Pascal Greggory as Marc-Antoine Rouvel
Laurent Poitrenaux as Maxime Caron
Sigrid Bouaziz as L'amie éditrice
Lionel Dray as L'ami éditeur
Nicolas Bouchaud as David
Antoine Reinartz as Blaise, le libraire d'Arles
Aurélia Petit as Invitée de Marc-Antoine
Thierry de Peretti as Invité de Marc-Antoine
Violaine Gillibert as Paloma, l'amie de Marc-Antoine
Jean-Luc Vincent as Carsten