Catherine Deneuve excels in a modest but beautifully observed family drama

Dir: Hirokazu Kore-eda. Cast: Catherine Deneuve, Juliette Binoche, Ethan Hawke, Clémentine Grenier, Manon Clavel, Alain Libolt, Christian Crahay, Roger van Hool. Cert tbc, 106 mins

The truth hurts, so they say – and in The Truth it’s like toothache: an ambient nag that waits for the worst possible moment to twinge. The new film from Hirokazu Kore-eda is a keenly observed, wit-stippled drama of extended family life; it’s business as usual for the great Japanese director, in other words, except this time, for the first time, his words are in French and English. 

The first film Kore-eda has shot outside his homeland, The Truth unfolds in a pointedly autumnal Paris, where Fabienne, a none-grander…