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Bloor Cinema Release: (Dis)Honesty: The Truth About Lies

June 5, 2015

By John Corrado

★★★ (out of 4)

(Dis)Honesty PosterAfter drawing quite a crowd recently at Hot Docs, (Dis)Honesty: The Truth About Lies is opening at the Bloor Cinema this weekend, tickets and showtimes can be found right here.

Built around one of his lectures and adapted from his popular book, (Dis)Honesty: The Truth About Lies uses the work of behavioural scientist Dan Ariely to explore how far people are willing to go in terms of the lies we tell each other and ourselves.

With his research as the main jumping off point, the film is at its most relatable when exploring small white lies that benefit other people, like a mother using her father’s address to get her kids into a better school district, as well as the feelings of personal gain that prompt people to cheat on their tests.

But the film also intriguingly delves into the darker side of lying, including big coverups like insider trading, accountants who cook the books, and athletes convicted of illegal doping.  Another one of the best sequences involves the sleazy marketing campaign behind the controversial 2009 film I Hope They Serve Beer in Hell, which rightly backfired on the publicist.

Mixing together footage from Dan Ariely’s lecture with some appealing graphics and engaging personal stories, first time director Yael Melamede has crafted a thought provoking but still very accessible documentary.  Both informative and entertaining, (Dis)Honesty: The Truth About Lies offers a fascinating glimpse into the surprisingly normal psychology behind fibbing, as well as the serious and economic effects that it can have on a larger scale.  This film is worth seeing, and that’s not a lie.

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