Memoir of War

One of the best films I've seen about the ways in which grief can pull a person in both directions simultaneously.

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Memoir of War

Emmanuel Finkiel's haunting and hypnotic adaptation of seminal author Marguerite Duras’s autobiographical novel “The War: A Memoir.” In 1944 Nazi-occupied France, Marguerite Duras (Mélanie Thierry) is an active Resistance member along with her husband Robert Antelme. When he is deported to Dachau by the Gestapo, she dives into a desperate struggle to get him back, and enters into a high-risk game of psychological cat and mouse with French Nazi collaborator Rabier (Benoît Magimel). But as the months wear on without word of the man she loves, Marguerite must begin the process of confronting the unimaginable. Through subtly expressionistic images and voiceover passages of Duras’s writing, director Emmanuel Finkiel evokes the inner world of one of the 20th century’s most revolutionary writers.
Runtime
127
Language
French
Director
Emmanuel Finkiel
Writer(s)
Marguerite Duras (novel), Emmanuel Finkiel (screenplay)
Cast
Mélanie Thierry, Benoît Magimel, Benjamin Biolay, Shulamit Adar, Grégoire Leprince-Ringuet, Emmanuel Bourdieu
FEATURED REVIEW
Andrew Lapin, NPR

Marguerite waits in a large room for news of her husband. It is the spring of 1945 in Nazi-occupied Paris, and Germany's power is slipping, yet the S.S.'s grip over her home is only becoming bloodier. Marguerite is part of the Resistance, as was her husband, Robert, which is why the Gestapo now has ...

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