7.5/10 (IMDB)

Lost Illusions

2h 30m Drama | Romance (Love)
Lost Illusions
Lost Illusions


Xavier Giannoli’s sumptuous adaptation of Honoré de Balzac’s epic novel, LOST ILLUSIONS is a ravishing vision of the birth of modern media. Lucien de Rubempré is an ambitious and unknown aspiring poet in 19th century France. He leaves his provincial town, arriving in Paris on the arm of his admirer, Louise de Bargeton. Outmatched in elite circles, Lucien’s naive etiquette prompts Louise to retreat back to her husband, leaving the young poet to forge a new path. Lucien makes a new friend in another young writer, Etienne Lousteau, who introduces him to the business of journalism where a salon of wordsmiths and wunderkinds make or break the reputations of actors and artists with insouciant impunity. Lucien agrees to write rave reviews for bribes, achieving material success at the expense of his conscience and soon discovers that the written word can be an instrument of both beauty and deceit.


Xavier Giannoli


Benjamin Voisin, Cécile de France, Vincent Lacoste


Not Rated




France, Belgium



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  • "Giannoli has not only produced a meaty and provocative adaptation of a Balzac gem, but also one of the funniest and most romantic films of the year."
    - Little White Lies
  • "With its stellar performances, dramatic orchestral score and rich costume and set design, Illusions Perdues is a worthwhile, sweeping narrative of love, lust and literary ambition."
    - Hollywood Reporter
  • "Giannoli accomplishes one of French literature's trickier feats, finding uncanny resonances with our time ... [T]here’s nothing new about fake news, and it may shock today’s audiences to learn just how powerful — and how corrupt — the media was two centuries ago"
    - Variety


  • César Awards
  • Lumiere Awards


  • Venice Film Festival
  • San Sebastián Int'l Film Festival
  • La Roche-sur-Yon Int'l Film Festival
  • Colcoa French Film Festival