Today I’m gonna be talking about the French psychological thriller Who You Think I Am. This topic of conversation around Catfishing seems to be popping up in everything nowadays. So does this film have anything new to say? Let’s find out.
Who You Think I Am Movie Review
Who You Think I Am is written and directed by Safy Nebbou based upon the novel of the same name by Camille Laurens. It stars Juliette Binoche, Nicole Garcia, and François Civil.
Claire, a 50-year-old divorced teacher, creates a fake Facebook profile of a 24-year-old woman. She finds a photo of a pretty young blonde and uses it. She has created an entirely fictional character, but why?
Who You Think I Am is another piece of entertainment that follows a person indulging and Catfishing and the repercussions of it.
We have seen so many films and television shows coming out recently covering this topic. And honestly, it’s starting to become a genre all of its own.
Just last week, Netflix premiered their limited series Clickbait, which covered many of the same issues that Who You Think I Am is trying to tackle as well.
So the worry is that this topic is going to get a bit oversaturated. But this French film that originally premiered at the Berlin Film Festival in 2019, and it’s finally getting its release here in the United States this week has something going for it that truly makes it special. Academy Award, which actress Juliette Binoche.
The film follows Claire, a middle-aged divorce teacher who is struggling to find purpose and love in her life.
She’s dating a much younger man named Ludovic, who suddenly wants nothing to do with her because of her age.
And she heads into a tailspin to keep an eye on Ludovic. She creates a fake Facebook page and steals the identity of a much younger woman.
She begins to catfish is photographer roommate, Alex, only to fall in love with him, despite the fact that he thinks she’s 24 years old.
The cinematography is absolutely gorgeous, and it contains a couple of the most jaw-droppingly, beautiful scenes I have seen in a film all year.
The score matches how hunting this movie is. With subtle piano work in some parts, then elevating to epic full orchestral notes in the next. On a technical level, Who You Think I Am is fall lawless.
To talk about Who You Think I am and not speak about Juliette Binoche would be a sin. I have been a diehard fan of her since The English Patient. And after that, with one of my favorite films of all time, Jet Lag.
While most actors give it their all surrenders herself to every performance that she is in. And this movie is no exception.
This character, Claire, could have been so unlikeable and at times she can be. But Binoche’s earnestness is so believable.
Her fantasy of a life that is no longer possible because of age or so she thinks. Pervades every scene of this film.
She’s the definition of an antihero that yet you cannot help but fall under her spell, just like her victim.
But this is a rollercoaster ride that doesn’t necessarily know the finish end. At first glance, you think that the movie is one thing, and then it constantly keeps reinventing itself, just like our lead protagonist.
Which makes for a very unpredictable ride, but also a frustratingly disorienting one. Many viewers will be turned off by the twists and turns in this film narrative.
And there were numerous times I thought that who you think I am had met it satisfying conclusion only to continue for another story arc that took us in another insane direction.
Despite that one fan, though, I believe that this is a seductive and in tracing film that I could not keep my eyes off of.
The further Claire goes down her rabbit hole, So do we. And when the end credits finally rolled, I was devastated.
Although this would probably be easy to write off as just another catfish story, I think it’s so much more nuanced than that. I had no idea where this film was going.
And even though it took me to some dark, unwelcome places, it nonetheless left quite an impact on me.
So I am going to give Who You Think I Am a B-Minus.
This is a psychological thriller that covers some familiar territory, but it does so in a very profound and gut-punching way.
Who you think I am might fight off more than I can chew. But when it starts going off the rails, Juliet bonuses. Outstanding performance keeps your eyes glued to the screen during every moment.
Guys thank you so much as always for reading the review of the Who You Think I Am movie. See you next time.
Who You Think I Am Trailer
Check out the trailer of the psychological-thriller and drama-romance film, Who You Think I Am (Celle que vous croyez).