Non-Fiction (15)****

Dir: Olivier Assayas

With: Guillaume Canet, Juliette Binoche, Vincent Macaigne, Christa Théret

Runtime: 107 minutes

AN hour and a half of literary and political types discussing the death of the printed word and the digital take-over of publishing might elicit a cry of “haud me back” from even the hardiest of arthouse cinema fans. But did I mention that Non-Fiction is written and directed by the delightfully inventive and sharp Olivier Assayas (Personal Shopper, Clouds of Sils Maria)? That it stars the dream team of Juliette Binoche and Guillaume Canet? And bien sur, the film being set in Paris, that everyone is at it commes des lapins? Anorak that I am, I found the whole digital/print chit-chat fascinating, but this is at heart a comedy of manners in which a lot of people behave badly, and amusingly, not least the writer Leonard (Vincent Macaigne), who is infamous for basing the characters in his novels on people in his life. A nicely executed farce with, as an added bonus, the sight of Juliette Binoche’s actress character starring in a TV cop drama. Could someone make that happen for real, please? ALISON ROWAT