ABUSE OF WEAKNESS (Presented by John Waters)
Directed by Catherine Breillat
The original French title of Catherine Breillat’s newest film is Abus De Faibless, a legal term that describes the crime of taking advantage of someone’s disability or sickness. This happened to the director herself; during the difficult recovery following a stroke in 2004, a con man convinced her to pay him thousands to adapt and act in her next film. Weakness fictionalizes this experience in order to explore what happens when a person’s agency is compromised by someone they trust.