Screened as part of NZIFF 2019

Who You Think I Am 2019

Celle que vous croyez

Directed by Safy Nebbou World

Juliette Binoche is terrific in director Safy Nebbou’s intriguing cautionary tale about a divorced university professor who reinvents herself as a younger, more desirable woman online.

France In French with English subtitles
101 minutes DCP




Michel Saint-Jean


Safy Nebbou
Julie Peyr
Based on the novel by Camille Laurens


Gilles Porte


Stéphane Pereira

Production designer

Cyril Gomez Mathieu

Costume designer

Alexandra Charles


Ibrahim Maalouf


Juliette Binoche (Claire Millaud)
François Civil (Alex)
Nicole Garcia (Catherine Bormans)
Marie-Ange Casta (Katia)
Guillaume Gouix (Ludo)
Jules Houplain (Max)
Jules Gauzelin (Tristan)
Charles Berling (Gilles)
Claude Perron (Solange)


Berlin 2019


Juliette Binoche delivers a sultry, complicated turn as a woman hiding behind a virtual alter ego in this haunting French psychodrama. Director and co-writer Safy Nebbou’s tale, based on Camille Laurens’ 2016 novel, opens with 50-something French literature lecturer Claire Millaud (Binoche) introducing herself to new psychologist Catherine (Nicole Garcia). Although initially reticent in her company, it doesn’t take long for the divorced mother-of-two to launch into her sordid backstory. 

After a messy breakup with her much younger boyfriend Ludo, and upset at his sudden disappearance, Claire decides to create a new, younger persona online, with the aim of reconnecting via Ludo’s best friend Alex (François Civil). Posing as 24-year-old fashion intern Clara Antunes, Claire’s online banter and photogenic looks soon have Alex hooked and desperate to meet her in real life. But something about Claire’s story – and where she got Clara’s image from – doesn’t quite ring true.

While very much a reflection of modern-day mores (Claire describes social media as both “a shipwreck and a life raft” for her), there’s also a timeless aspect to what unfolds, mirrored in Claire’s choice of reading material for her latest batch of students – Les Liaisons dangereuses. Binoche, superb as ever, grounds the film’s riveting, sometimes surprising narrative turns with a performance to rival Isabelle Huppert’s icy music conservatory professor in The Piano Teacher and Charlotte Rampling’s repressed crime novelist in Swimming Pool. — James Croot