Non-Fiction (film)

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Non-Fiction (film).jpg
French film poster
Directed byOlivier Assayas
Produced byCharles Gillibert
Written byOlivier Assayas
CinematographyYorick Le Saux
Edited bySimon Jacquet
  • CG Cinéma
Distributed byAd Vitam
Release date
  • 31 August 2018 (2018-08-31) (Venice)
  • 16 January 2019 (2019-01-16) (France)
Running time
108 minutes
Box office$1.2 million[1]

Non-Fiction (French: Doubles vies) is a 2018 French comedy film directed by Olivier Assayas. It stars Guillaume Canet, Juliette Binoche, Vincent Macaigne, Nora Hamzawi, Christa Théret, and Pascal Greggory. It was selected to be screened in the main competition section of the 75th Venice International Film Festival in 2018.[2][3] It was released in France on 16 January 2019, by Ad Vitam Distribution.


A literary editor Alain refuses to publish Léonard's novel for the first time. Alain's company hires a young woman Laure to adapt to the digital age. Alain sleeps with Laure. Alain's wife Selena is an actress. She has been having an affair with Léonard for years. Léonard's wife Valérie is a left-wing political consultant. She does not have much interest in her husband's circumstances.



The film's original title was E-book, but Olivier Assayas dropped it because he thought "it was a bit too technical and too cold."[4] It took him about 2 years to finish writing the script.[5] He stated that the film's themes would include "how we adapt or don't adapt to the way the world's changing."[6] The film was shot in Super 16 mm.[7] The shooting took place in Paris.[8]


Olivier Assayas presenting Non-Fiction at the 2018 Toronto International Film Festival.

The film had its world premiere at the Venice Film Festival on 31 August 2018.[9] Prior to the premiere, Sundance Selects acquired U.S. distribution rights to the film.[10] It also screened at the Toronto International Film Festival on 11 September 2018[11][12] and the New York Film Festival on 2 October 2018.[13] It was released in France on 16 January 2019.[14]


On review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes, the film holds an approval rating of 89%, based on 114 reviews, and an average rating of 7.24/10. The website's critical consensus reads: "Well-acted and sharply written, Non-Fiction finds writer-director Olivier Assayas working in a comedic vein that channels classic forebears while remaining utterly fresh."[15] At Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating to reviews, the film has a weighted average score of 79 out of 100, based on 27 critics, indicating "generally favorable reviews".[16]

David Ehrlich of IndieWire gave the film a grade of B+, stating that "this breezy and cautiously optimistic bit of late-career reflection finds Assayas interrogating how we ascribe meaning to things (and value to people) in a world that seems to be remodeling itself faster each day."[17] He described it as "an anxious — but strangely calming! — reminder that change is the only true constant, and that steering the current is a lot easier than fighting it."[17] Jon Frosch of The Hollywood Reporter wrote: "The filmmaker's interest in the forces of globalization — a thematic through-line in a body of work that runs the spectrum from freaky genre exercises to classy period pieces — indeed proves very much present in this witty, resonant, richly perceptive portrait of people caught in the throes of a fast-changing country."[18] Jay Weissberg of Variety praised "the increasing lightness of tone".[19]


  1. ^ "Non-Fiction". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved 13 June 2019.
  2. ^ Anderson, Ariston (25 July 2018). "Venice to Kick Off Awards Season With New Films From Coen Brothers, Luca Guadagnino and Alfonso Cuaron". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 25 July 2018.
  3. ^ Vivarelli, Nick (25 July 2018). "Venice Film Festival Lineup: Heavy on Award Hopefuls, Netflix and Star Power". Variety. Retrieved 25 July 2018.
  4. ^ Bałaga, Marta (9 February 2018). "Olivier Assayas • Director of Non-Fiction". Cineuropa. Retrieved 14 January 2019.
  5. ^ Wise, Damon (15 September 2018). "Director Olivier Assayas On The Long Road To 'Non-Fiction' – Toronto Studio". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved 14 January 2019.
  6. ^ Sharf, Zack (2 August 2017). "Olivier Assayas is Taking a Kristen Stewart Break, Reuniting With Juliette Binoche For New Comedy". IndieWire. Retrieved 14 January 2019.
  7. ^ Hudson, David (3 October 2018). "Olivier Assayas's Non-Fiction". The Criterion Collection. Retrieved 14 January 2019.
  8. ^ Keslassy, Elsa (17 January 2018). "Playtime Steps Into Olivier Assayas' 'Non Fiction' With Juliette Binoche, Guillaume Canet (EXCLUSIVE)". Variety. Retrieved 14 January 2019.
  9. ^ "Venice Film Festival Schedule". Boxol. Retrieved 8 August 2018.
  10. ^ Evans, Greg (8 August 2018). "Sundance Selects Nabs U.S. Rights To Olivier Assayas' 'Non-Fiction'". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved 18 November 2018.
  11. ^ Vlessing, Etan (24 July 2018). "Toronto: Timothee Chalamet Starrer 'Beautiful Boy,' Dan Fogelman's 'Life Itself' Among Festival Lineup". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 8 August 2018.
  12. ^ "Non-Fiction". Toronto International Film Festival. Retrieved 8 August 2018.
  13. ^ Siegel, Tatiana (7 August 2018). "Elisabeth Moss Punk Rock Drama 'Her Smell' to Screen at New York Film Fest". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 7 August 2018.
  14. ^ "Doubles Vies". Ad Vitam Distribution. Retrieved 18 November 2018.
  15. ^ "Non-Fiction (2019)". Rotten Tomatoes. Fandango Media. Retrieved 13 June 2019.
  16. ^ "Non-Fiction". Metacritic. CBS Interactive. Retrieved 13 June 2019.
  17. ^ a b Ehrlich, David (31 August 2018). "'Non-Fiction' Review: Olivier Assayas and Juliette Binoche Deliver a Timeless Comedy About Twitter — Venice". IndieWire. Retrieved 11 October 2018.
  18. ^ Frosch, Jon (31 August 2018). "'Non-Fiction' ('Doubles vies'): Film Review". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 11 October 2018.
  19. ^ Weissberg, Jay (31 August 2018). "Venice Film Review: 'Non-Fiction'". Variety. Retrieved 11 October 2018.

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