North American premiere
Selection 2022

Incredible But True

Directed by Quentin Dupieux

France 2022 74 mins OV French Subtitles : English
Genre ComedyFantasy

“A worthy addition to a canon that keeps getting weirder with each film, taking the director so far into left field that he’s practically built another ballpark by now”

“A real gem in Dupieux’s filmography”
– Ben Croll, INDIEWIRE

Official Selection: Berlin International Film Festival 2022

Alain (Alain Chabat, ASTERIX & OBELIX: MISSION CLEOPATRA) and Marie (Léa Drucker, THE BLUE ROOM) have been together for a long time. A very long time. Now at a stage in life where they’re looking for change, they buy a mysterious house in the suburbs. Their real estate agent had a particular enthusiasm about some especially unusual feature in the home’s basement. Something that could potentially change their lives. Marie is particularly drawn to it.

We’re deliberately keeping the plot vague because you really need to discover it on your own. Count on it being as absurdist and inventive as you would hope for in knowing that it’s a new film from the brilliant Quentin Dupieux, whose imagination remains boundless, creating work after work that are almost completely unique from one another. Dupieux has a remarkable ability to establish the most ridiculous concept, then play within the framework of that reality so obsessively that it eventually almost feels reasonable. Highlight on “almost”, because INCREDIBLE BUT TRUE is, in true Dupieux fashion, often absolutely insane. Insane, and yet grounded, his characters struggling with rational, relatable worries, resulting in a surprising film that’s frequently laugh-out-loud hilarious, genuinely sweet and reflectively melancholic in the same breath. Chabat and Drucker are fantastic here, as are co-stars Benoît Magimel and Anaïs Demoustier (Chabat and Demoustier have already re-reteamed with Dupieux for his other 2022 feature, FUMER FAIT TOUSSER). At its heart, INCREDIBLE BUT TRUE is Dupieux’s exploration of fraying relationships and the ways that we experience the passing of time. It’s possibly his most personal film to date. It just may be one of the best times you’ll have in a cinema this summer. – Mitch Davis