The Good Liar

The Good Liar – Das alte Böse
Betty and Roy, two lusty seniors, meet via a dating portal. They get along immediately and Roy soon moves in with Betty. His intentions, however, are anything but honourable. Roy is a conman and he has set his sights on the generous widow’s considerable fortune. What he doesn’t know is that the former Oxford history don has researched his past … Director Bill Condon calls his film, based on the eponymous novel by Nicholas Searle, “a thriller with a Hitchcockian feel, weaving in elements of mystery, crime, and a human drama”. As pari passu adversaries, Helen Mirren and Ian McKellen, who have been seen on stage together, engage in a fascinating cat-and-mouse game. Their mutually ambiguous duel is a thespian triumph, with Helen Mirren giving a tour-de-force performance as the purported victim who is not as naïve as she seems. Among all the lies and deceptions lurks a core of establishing historical truth, so The Good Liar, with its constant feints and slight of hand, is also a treatise on the cathartic power of acting.
by Bill Condon
With Helen Mirren, Ian McKellen, Russell Tovey, Jim Carter, Mark Lewis Jones, Laurie Davidson, Phil Dunster
USA 2019 English 109’ Colour, 2K DCP Rating R12

With

  • Helen Mirren
  • Ian McKellen
  • Russell Tovey
  • Jim Carter
  • Mark Lewis Jones
  • Laurie Davidson
  • Phil Dunster

Crew

DirectorBill Condon
ScreenplayJeffrey Hatcher
StoryNicholas Searle, The Good Liar (2015)
CinematographyTobias A. Schliessler
EditingVirginia Katz
MusicCarter Burwell
SoundJohn Hayes
Production DesignJohn Stevenson
CostumesKeith Madden
Make-upChristine Blundell
ProducerGreg Yolen, Bill Condon

Produced by

New Line Cinema/Bron Creative

Additional information

DCP: Warner Bros. Pictures Germany, Hamburg

Bill Condon

Filmography

1998 Gods and Monsters 2006 Dreamgirls 2011 The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 1 (Breaking Dawn – Bis(s) zum Ende der Nacht – Teil 1) 2012 The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2 (Breaking Dawn – Bis(s) zum Ende der Nacht – Teil 2) 2013 The Fifth Estate (Inside Wikileaks – Die fünfte Gewalt) 2015 Mr. Holmes 2017 Beauty and the Beast (Die Schöne und das Biest)

Bio- & filmography as of Berlinale 2020