French Impressions – Memoir of War (12A)

Director: Emmanuel Finkiel
Cast: Mélanie Thierry, Benoît Magimel, Benjamin Biolay
Language: French
Country of Origin: France, Belgium, Switzerland
Year: 2017
Running Time: Film talk 60mins; Film screening 127mins

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About this event

For this last French Impressions of the season we will be showing the beautifully crafted and acted Le Douleur (Memoir of War). The story of Marguerite Duras’ experiences during the occupation. Jon will be looking at how French Cinema has depicted the Occupation in the last twenty years.

Memoir of War (12A)

In the 1944 Nazi-occupied France, young Marguerite Duras is a talented writer and an active Resistance member with her husband Robert Antelme. When he is deported by the Gestapo, she dives into a desperate struggle to get him back. She develops a chilling relationship with local Vichy collaborator Rabier and takes terrible risks to save Robert, playing a cat-and-mouse of unpredictable meetings all over Paris. Does he really want to help her? Or is he trying to dig up information about the anti-Nazi underground? Then comes the end of the war and the return of camp victims, an excruciating period for her, a long and silent agony after the chaos of the Liberation of Paris. But she continues to wait, bound to the torment of absence even beyond hope and love. 

France’s entry for the Foreign Language Film Award at the 2019 Oscars

This programme includes the Talk at 1pm-2pm and a Screening at 2.30pm

The film will also be screened during the week commencing Friday 14 June 


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