Memoir of War (12A)

Director: Emmanuel Finkie
Cast: Mélanie Thierry, Benoît Magimel, Benjamin Biolay
Language: French
Country of Origin: France, Belgium, Switzerland
Year: 2017
Running Time: 127m

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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 film is also being shown as part of French Impressions on Sat 22 June.


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