Abuse of Weakness
Abuse of Weakness (2014)

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… More

Rated: Unrated
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: August 15, 2014
DVD Release Date: November 11, 2014
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Critic Score: 87% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Abuse of Weakness' fact-based plot proves that truth can be stranger than fiction -- and provide grist for compelling character studies.

Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle

"Abuse of Weakness" is 20 minutes of a great movie and another 85 minutes of nothing much.

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Mike D'Angelo
AV Club

As a portrait of what it's like to be suddenly helpless, Abuse Of Weakness is never less than fascinating ...

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Jared Mobarak
The Film Stage

Abuse of Weakness is ultimately to watch how someone so desperately in need can be preyed upon no matter their own intelligence, wealth, or stature.

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Sheri Linden
Los Angeles Times

With clinical dispassion and narrative elegance, Breillat has constructed what she calls "a thriller about denial."

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Peter Sobczynski
RogerEbert.com

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.

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Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope

Huppert's performance in this film is outstanding. She's so convincing that I thought maybe she actually did suffer a stroke. She covers a range of emotions from laughter to rage in this film.

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Peter Keough
Boston Globe

The film's title refers to the French legal term for taking advantage of a person of diminished capacity. The story, though, suggests other interpretations.

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Stephen Holden
New York Times

[A] chilly, dark portrait of two control freaks locking horns.

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Jonathan Romney
Film Comment Magazine

Shot with clean, spare simplicity by the Dardennes' regular DP Alain Marcoen, this is a very simple work, almost prosaically so at times-as if Breillat wanted to purge the film of anything that wasn't strictly to the point.

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Flixster Audience Score: 54% Flixster User Reviews
Walter M.
"Abuse of Weakness" starts with Maud Shainberg(Isabelle Huppert) waking up to feeling like half her body has died. The emergency response operator… More
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A wasted opportunity. This film has important things to say, but leaves most of them to the end. Leading up to that seems like a rather vapid, long vanity piece… More