Digital disruption is all around us these days, and Olivier Assayas (Irma Vep, Clouds of Sils Maria, Personal Shopper, Summer Hours) explores this theme in his highly intelligent new examination of what technology means to our lives.
Alain (Guillaume Canet) is a self-assured and successful book publisher struggling with the ins and outs of both his professional and private life. His relationship with his wife, Serena (Juliette Binoche), has gone slightly stale, and he has to deal delicately with one of his long-time authors (Vincent Macaigne), who has written a new manuscript and is pushing for its publication. Complicating this is Alain’s enthusiastic embrace of digital and social media, which has led him to hire an impressively ambitious young woman as the “Head of Digital Transition” in his company. As Alain pushes his new-media agenda forward, he encounters varying levels of support and resistance from friends and colleagues. Powered by a series of conversations about what the digital transition has meant for all of us, Assayas’s social critique is both a comedy of manners and an enquiry into how we are affected by the hyperconnectivity of today.
(France / 2018 / Written and Directed by Olivier Assayas)
R / 1 hr 48 mins.