What to watch: Lie With Me
An adaptation of a novel by Philippe Besson, Olivier Peyon’s film – Lie With Me – is a heart-wrenching but ultimately uplifting story of love and loss.
In Olivier Peyon’s powerfully emotional drama LIE WITH ME, the successful novelist
The story revolves around Stéphane Belcourt (Guillaume de Tonquédec). Stéphane is a successful novelist who returns to his hometown for the first time in decades – invited by a famous cognac distillery to help celebrate a new vintage. On his arrival, Stéphane discovers that of the distillery’s executives, Lucas (Victor Belmondo), is the son of Stéphane’s first love, Thomas (Julien De Saint Jean).
Both men are struggling to process the painful emotions and memories of their love for Thomas.
I haven’t read the original novel, but I’m assuming that Peyon has drawn much of the structure of the storytelling from his source material.
Stéphane’s return to the town of his youth triggers flashbacks where we see his secret relationship with Thomas come to life and flourish.
The counterpoint to the youthful exuberance of Stéphane and Thomas as 17 year olds is the grief and confusion of Lucas – trying to figure out who his father was and why he kept so much of himself hidden.
This is confident storytelling, ably brought to life by a strong cast that feels authentic in the emotional complexity that they’re navigating.
This is a film that’s definitely worth adding to your watch-list.