“Deception”: adultery according to Philip Roth, brought to the screen by Desplechin

(AFP) – Two years after “Roubaix, une lumière” inspired by a news item, Arnaud Desplechin returns with an intimate film “Tromperie”, in theaters on Wednesday, adapted from the novel by Philip Roth in which the hero recounts his conversations with the women of his life.

In the role of the mistress, Léa Seydoux carries this at the same time sensitive and talkative camera, filmed with sensuality by Desplechin.

Selected at Cannes Première, a new out-of-competition section of the Cannes Film Festival, “Tromperie”, the filmmaker’s eleventh feature film, also stars Denis Podalydès in the role of Philip, a famous writer exiled in London.

His mistress regularly comes to meet him in his office, the refuge of the two lovers. They make love there, argue, get together to talk for hours on end, especially about women, couples, loyalty to oneself but also about literature, revealing in turn their moods.

Anouk Grinberg in the role of the betrayed wife, but also Emmanuelle Devos are in the cast of this film which completes the love saga started by Arnaud Desplechin in 1996 with “Comment je me suis disputé … (my sex life)” on the ending loves. In 2016, the director, disciple of François Truffaut, was awarded a César for “Three memories of my youth”, on the first emotions of love.

“+ Deception + is the portrayal of two heroes. A woman on the precipice at the start of the film. She talks with an older man … It’s a film haunted by death and yet it is a utopia crossed by desire, “says Arnaud Desplechin in the production notes.

“What struck me when I discovered + Deception +, the book by Philip Roth, was the writer’s keen attention to the voice of every woman,” he adds. “Philip welcomes each of his lover’s words like a treasure. This modest attention to the intimate, to the most tenuous wound, overwhelmed me.”

For Léa Seydoux, who stands out as one of the greatest French actresses, “we can discuss the immoral nature of adultery, but Arnaud (Desplechin) films love. His films are never moralizing. They are always the feelings that prevail “.