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Cet Amour-Là

Cet Amour-Là (2003)

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Average Rating: 5.9/10
Critic Reviews: 14
Fresh: 8 | Rotten: 6

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In the later years of her life, French author Marguerite Duras lives in a self-destructive haze, plagued by writer's block and the physical effects of alcoholism. She shuts herself off from the world, until Yann Andrea, a man thirty-six years her junior, pays her a visit, and soon, the two commence a passionate affair.

Nov 15, 2005

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It's a tender, sympathetic film from a gifted writer-director, Algerian-born Josee Dayan, who obviously adores Moreau, Duras and literature.

November 13, 2003 Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune
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Like its subject, Cet Amour-La has a knack for making you focus on the beauty beneath the imperfections.

October 3, 2003 Full Review Source: Detroit Free Press
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It is a great story, but it hasn't been translated to the screen.

September 20, 2003 Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle
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Alive and affecting.

June 27, 2003 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
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Cet Amour-Là founders on the difficulty that faces all movies about artists -- how to contextualize the work into the life without putting the audience to sleep.

June 26, 2003 Full Review Source: L.A. Weekly
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[Moreau] now in her mid-70s, takes charge of her scenes with an iron-fisted authority that refuses to acknowledge the inert movie around her.

May 9, 2003
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Neither character comes off too well.

October 24, 2003 Full Review Source: Deseret News, Salt Lake City
Deseret News, Salt Lake City

Moreau's small but telling glances are all the movie has to reveal Duras' loneliness and yearning for a last embrace, but at times it's almost enough.

October 24, 2003 Full Review Source: Salt Lake Tribune
Salt Lake Tribune

Dayan never makes the love story accessible to us, never makes us understand what there is between this couple.

September 20, 2003 Full Review Source: Contra Costa Times
Contra Costa Times

Moreau brings to the role the sophistication, creative passion and weary wariness only a fellow great artist could evoke with such effortless conviction.

June 27, 2003 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Daily News
Los Angeles Daily News

Moreau ... who knew Duras quite well and starred in no fewer than four films based on the writer's work, perfectly embodies her friend, and is thoroughly magnificent.

April 2, 2003 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
TV Guide's Movie Guide

Moreau presents a magnificently ravaged lioness in winter, feisty as all hell, with occasional tenderness peeking through like rays through storm clouds.

March 22, 2003 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

I think we're supposed to feel sad when Duras dies at the end, but I was just glad this incredibly boring movie finally ended.

December 23, 2002 Full Review
Montreal Film Journal

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