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Abuse of Weakness
ABUSE OF WEAKNESS (Drama) Directed by Catherine Breillat (Romance, Fat Girl). Inspired by director Catherine Breillat's true life experiences, her latest film, ABUSE OF WEAKNESS, is an exploration of power and sex. Isabelle Huppert (THE PIANO TEACHER, 8 WOMEN) stars as Maud, a strong willed filmmaker who suffers a stroke. Bedridden, but determined to pursue her latest film project, she sees Vilko (Kool Shen), a con man who swindles celebrities, on a TV talk show. Interested in him for her new film, the two meet and Maud soon finds herself falling for Vilko's manipulative charm as their… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 86%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"[A] chilly, dark portrait of two control freaks locking horns."
‑ Stephen Holden, New York Times
"Breillat's impressive film is a study of bodies and how we carry them, and it explores the manner in which weakness seeks out strength on an almost primal level, bypassing the higher modes of human thought."
‑ Zachary Wigon, Village Voice
"This examination of power, greed, emotional manipulation and simple need is gripping and powerful to behold even if you don't know the story behind the story."
‑ Peter Sobczynski, RogerEbert.com
"Abuse Of Weakness is the director's attempt to account for actions that seem inexplicable, and make the audience understand and sympathize in kind."
‑ Scott Tobias, The Dissolve
"Somehow both a fiery work of conviction and an insecure, open-ended question"
‑ Daniel Walber, Nonfics
"Breillat's self-conscious refusal to establish a realistic basis for this deeply mismatched relationship winds up weakening the film irreparably."
‑ Elizabeth Weitzman, New York Daily News
"The movie is interesting to think about as another of the Anatomy Of Hell director's power-struggle portraits, even if its conceit-by design-leaves the question of how the filmmaker allowed a known operator to bilk her out of so much money unresolved."
‑ Ben Kenigsberg, AV Club
"Huppert's performance single-handedly preserves interest in Abuse of Weakness, elevating the picture's askew mystery with a valuable sense of determination and, at times, despair."
‑ Brian Orndorf, Blu-ray.com
"It's hard to imagine an actress other than Huppert so artfully layering frailty and toughness, self-delusion and self-awareness, and her complex portrayal is an irresistible foil to Kool Shen's blank expressions and wounded swagger."
‑ Kristin M. Jones, Film Comment Magazine
"The title of the film may be "Abuse of Weakness," but Isabelle Huppert's performance as a filmmaker who suffers a stroke and then gets willingly conned by an ex-con is nothing but strong and steely-nerved."
‑ Beth Hanna, Thompson on Hollywood
"The plot, though never less than engaging, occasionally tests believability - until you remember it's drawn from Breillat's life."
‑ Sara Stewart, New York Post
"Like in all of the director's work, psychologically reductive readings of the characters are absent, though intriguing performances give audiences a way into the material."
‑ Boyd van Hoeij, Hollywood Reporter
"A cautionary tale depicting a shocking example of man's inhumanity to (wo)man."
‑ Kam Williams, Baret News
"The entire film has an underlying S&M theme that is more potent than Maud's final interpretation of her own behavior."
‑ Laura Clifford, Reeling Reviews
"Thought-provoking this may be, regrettably Abuse of Weakness is a somewhat forgettable film, deviating away from one of the most fascinating aspects of all; the movie she wants to produce."
‑ Stefan Pape, HeyUGuys
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