Trust John Waters to never go for the easy choice.
"Abuse of Weakness," the latest work from controversial French filmmaker Catherine Breillat, is Waters' pick for this year's Maryland Film Festival, set for May 7-11, largely in the Station North Arts District.
The film, which is getting its Maryland premiere, stars Isabelle Huppert as a director who, after suffering a stroke, is victimized by a notorious con man. It is based on a similar incident that happened to Breillat, who spent five months in a hospital recovering from a 2004 stroke.
Breillat has earned a reputation for audacity and fearlessness in her films, which often probe attitudes toward female...