Muriel ou Le Temps d'un Retour (The Time of Return) (1963)
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Alain Resnais's third feature film, like his earlier Hiroshima Mon Amour and Last Year at Marienbad, is devoted to the vagaries of memory. The title character is seen only in the 8-millimeter films run over and over again by Bernard (Jean-Baptiste Thierée). A veteran of the French/Algerian war, Bernard was obliged to participate in the torture murder of Muriel, an Algerian girl accused of sabotage. He is no more successful at recapturing or altering his past than is his stepmother Helene
Oct 9, 1963 Wide
Mar 13, 2007
Lopert Pictures Corporation
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A subtle, precise, and wrenching film, shot largely without recourse to the stylistic flourishes that made Resnais' reputation.
Set in a town marked by extensive postwar reconstruction and in an apartment filled with restored antiques, Resnais' film traces the continuum between past and present, and the persistence of history in a world of change.
Alain Resnais deals with the impact of the war in Algeria on a French veteran. Although the surrealist touches seem dated, the issues of war and torture are not--especially in light of the current war in Iraq.
The web of opened, ultimately unfollowed trails in 'Muriel' leads, not to the coherence of art, but to mere mirrors within mirrors.
Somewhere between swinging in Last Year at Marienbad and dropping spoons in Jeanne Dielman, Delphine Seyrig reached a domestic crossroads in Muriel.
A truly frustrating tug-of-war between conventional narrative and fragmented presentation.
Resnais' true filmmaking style had finally begun to emerge, employing characters who are real people (not named after cities or designated by letters) with memories that cut deeply into their personalities and relationships.
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