The Truth (La Verite) in Film Posted Monday at 03:00 PM · Report reply No, there isn't a bigger Kore-Eda guy than you on the forum, and no, you're not wrong to have been underwhelmed by this film. I saw it last December and was puzzled by how inconsequential and inert it was. I mean, it's not distasteful or offensively bad, but just...inconsequential. Nobody's going to blame the acting given this cast, and his directing seems to bring life to a varied type of stories, so I have to pin it on the writing. Is it fair to wonder how much the film's failure was attributable to Kore-Eda just being overly cautious because he was working out of his cultural milieu? I remember recalling before seeing the film a critic noting that Binoche was like a good luck charm for Hou and Kiarostami as non-English speakers successfully directing English films for the first time, so I half-expected her to carry this one, but alas. The narrative-within-the-narrative seemed so clunky, too.