The Man Who Lies

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The Man Who Lies
Film poster
Directed byAlain Robbe-Grillet
Written byAlain Robbe-Grillet
Produced bySamy Halfon
Jan Tomaskovic
StarringJean-Louis Trintignant
CinematographyIgor Luther
Edited byBob Wade
Release date
  • 27 March 1968 (1968-03-27)
Running time
95 minutes

The Man Who Lies (French: L'Homme qui ment, Slovak: Muž, ktorý luže) is a 1968 French-Czechoslovak drama art film[1] directed by Alain Robbe-Grillet. It was entered into the 18th Berlin International Film Festival, where Jean-Louis Trintignant won the Silver Bear for Best Actor award.[2]


In a small European town that had been occupied by the German Army during the Second World War a man turns up calling himself sometimes Jean and sometimes Boris, claiming that he had been active in the Resistance. He suffers flashbacks that disconcertingly reveal incompatible memories of his role, as sometimes he is the hero Jean, shot by the Germans, and sometimes he is the traitor Boris. Nobody in the town admits to remembering him, which increases his alienation and his urge to gain recognition.

In a decayed mansion he finds three secluded women: the widow of Jean, the sister of Jean, and the maid Maria. Starting with Maria, he attempts to convince them about his activities during the war, even if his accounts keep differing. Maria succumbs to his approaches and sleeps with him, as soon after does the sister. Before he can claim the widow, in the role of Boris he is apparently shot dead by an undead Jean.



  1. ^ Cotenas, Eric. "THE MAN WHO LIES (1968) Blu-ray". DVD Drive-In. Retrieved 13 March 2017. The Italian DVD's cover stated the aspect ratio as 1.66:1, but both HD masters are framed at 1.33:1 and the compositions look accurate and elegantly-framed with just the right amount of off-kilter framing to confirm that it's an art film
  2. ^ "Berlinale 1968: Prize Winners". Retrieved 3 March 2010.

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