Abuse of Weakness
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Abuse of Weakness
In Theaters August 15 (21 days)
After a stroke leaves filmmaker Maud (Isabelle Huppert, I Heart Huckabees, My Worst Nightmare, Amour) hemiplegic, she faces inevitable solitude. 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 soon Maud falls victim to his manipulative charm. (C) Strand Releasing
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 86%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"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
"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 physical demands of the role offer a new opportunity for Huppert, who is otherwise on automatic pilot, aloof and disdainful."
‑ Kent Turner, Film-Forward.com
"It's as if Breillat is determined to make the same mistakes all over again, botching her own would be exorcism."
‑ Nathaniel Rogers, Film Experience
"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
"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
"The message in Catherine Breillat's Abuse of Weakness is about the incomprehensibility of the self. It's an autobiographical purging."
‑ R. Emmet Sweeney, The L Magazine
"If making Abuse of Weakness was a necessary step in Catherine Breillat's recovery, then it surely ranks as one of the most important-if not the most important-projects of her career."
‑ Christopher Schobert, The Playlist
"Catherine Breillat's films have always been autobiographical, often painfully so, and yet "Abuse of Weakness" cuts even closer to the marrow than the rest."
‑ Peter Debruge, Variety
"Somehow both a fiery work of conviction and an insecure, open-ended question"
‑ Daniel Walber, Nonfics
"Catherine Breillat's scripting of Maud as fatally distant from her family, willfully independent, but more believably abandoned, is haunting."
‑ Ela Bittencourt, Slant Magazine
"This is a considered, unsentimental attempt to understand the filmmaker's seemingly inexplicable entanglement with a convicted con man."
‑ Allan Hunter, Screen International
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