Inspired by director Catherine Breillat’s (FAT GIRL, ROMANCE) 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 parasitic relationship hurdles out of control.
Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes
[A] chilly, dark portrait of two control freaks locking horns.Stephen Holden, New York Times, 08.14.2014
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, 09.05.2013
With clinical dispassion and narrative elegance, Breillat has constructed what she calls "a thriller about denial."Sheri Linden, Los Angeles Times, 08.21.2014
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, 09.13.2013