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Also released: The Truth, The Jesus Rolls and Dogs Don't Wear Pants

Catherine Deneuve and Ethan Hawke in The Truth
Damon Smith

THE TRUTH (PG, 107 mins)

AWARD-winning Japanese director Hirokazu Kore-eda ventures to France to make his first feature outside of his homeland and elicits an eye-catching central performance from Catherine Deneuve.

She plays Fabienne Dangeville, a grand dame of French cinema, who has a Cesar on the mantelpiece and commands the adoration of countrymen and women for her performances on the big screen.

Fabienne is poised to release a memoir entitled The Truth as she prepares for her next film.

Hitting the campaign trail to promote the book, Fabienne plays host to her screenwriter daughter Lumir (Juliette Binoche) and her actor husband Hank (Ethan Hawke).

They arrive from New York with their young daughter Charlotte (Clementine Grenier).

As Lumir reads her mother's book, she is staggered by the extent of Fabienne's deception, trotting out rose-tinted anecdotes that never happened to polish her public image.

The divide between reality and fiction forces the two women to address their differences and seek common ground if they are to move forward with their relationship.

Released March 13

:: THE JESUS ROLLS (15, 85 mins)

JOHN Turturro reprises his role as flamboyant Puerto Rican ten pin bowler Jesus Quintana from the 1998 comedy The Big Lebowski in an offbeat road trip which is a loose English language remake of Bertrand Blier's controversial 1974 comedy drama Going Places.

Jesus (Turturro) emerges from prison and reunites with best buddy and confidant Petey (Bobby Cannavale).

The two men become ensnared in trouble after a violent altercation with hairdresser Paul Dominique (Jon Hamm).

Petey is shot in the unmentionables and the two men flee, taking Paul's favourite car and his sexy co-worker and girlfriend, Marie (Audrey Tautou).

The oddball trio orchestrate a hare-brained crime spree.

En route, Jesus confronts painful home truths about his sex worker mother (Sonia Braga) and Marie unlocks the dormant sexual desires of younger man Jack (Pete Davidson).

Christopher Walken, Susan Sarandon and Tim Blake Nelson co-star.

Released March 13

:: DOGS DON'T WEAR PANTS (18, 109 mins)

FEATURING graphic BDSM scenes, Dogs Don't Wear Pants is an offbeat Finnish drama comedy directed by J-P Valkeapaa about desire, control, obsession and the innate human need to feel connected.

Gifted heart surgeon Juha (Pekka Strang) holds himself partially responsible for the accidental drowning of his wife.

Guilt and grief consume Juha, driving a wedge between the widower and his teenage daughter Elli (Ilona Huhta).

When the girl turns 16, Juha accompanies her to a salon where she intends to have her tongue pierced with a stud.

During the procedure, the father innocently wanders downstairs into an erotic dungeon run by mysterious dominatrix Mona (Krista Kosonen).

She is delighted to punish Juha on command.

The surgeon discovers emotional release in Mona's care.

However, his behaviour is reckless, verging on suicidal, as he explores a world of pleasure and intense pain.

Released March 13

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