Last Year at Marienbad (L'année dernière à Marienbad)


Last Year at Marienbad (L'année dernière à Marienbad)

Critics Consensus

Elegantly enigmatic and dreamlike, this work of essential cinema features exquisite cinematography and an exploration of narrative still revisited by filmmakers today.



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Average Rating: 4.1/5

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This experimental New Wave film features stunning imagery, while deliberately avoiding conventional plot and character development. At an elegant European resort, a man encounters a woman and claims they met at a spa the previous year. But the woman, who is accompanied by another man, responds with apparent bewilderment.

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Delphine Seyrig
as A - The brunette woman
Sacha Pitoëff
as M - The other man with the thin face
Françoise Bertin
as A character from the hotel #1
Luce Garcia-Ville
as A character from the hotel #2
Héléna Kornel
as A character from the hotel #3
Pierre Barbaud
as A character from the hotel #5
Wilhelm von Deek
as A character from the hotel #6
Jean Lanier
as A character from the hotel #7
Gerard Lorin
as A character from the hotel #8
Gilles Quéant
as A character from the hotel #10
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Critic Reviews for Last Year at Marienbad (L'année dernière à Marienbad)

All Critics (48) | Top Critics (12)

  • The story's obscurity turns out to result from its protagonists' own efforts to deny or blur their painful past.

    May 13, 2019 | Full Review…
  • Was there ever a film thought so boring by so many yet accorded the status of a classic?

    Jul 8, 2011 | Rating: 4/5
  • Profoundly mysterious and disturbing, a para-surrealist masterpiece whose nightmarish scenario appears to have been absorbed from Buñuel and Antonioni and transmitted onward to Greenaway.

    Jul 7, 2011 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…
  • To even talk of a story is nonsensical, since a central aesthetic of the film involves the effects of fantasy, time and subjective memory on human consciousness. Marienbad takes place in a heightened, sci-fi nightmare world where knowing, believing

    May 1, 2008 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…
  • Marienbad is elegantly hermetic, a ravishing waxworks that has stillness at its heart.

    Feb 29, 2008 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…
  • Remains one of cinema's glorious enigmas, endlessly compelling and intriguing.

    Feb 1, 2008 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Last Year at Marienbad (L'année dernière à Marienbad)

A mesmerizing film that impresses for Resnais' exceptional direction as he creates an enigmatic dreamlike experience that blends memory and reality through its unique use of editing and keeps us always in doubt whether what we are witnessing is the product of someone's mind.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer

a comedy? a horror film? a total mind fuck that was a big influence on kubrick and lynch, it's like the perfect melding of antonioni and bunuel. an amazing looking nightmare

Stella Dallas
Stella Dallas

Super Reviewer

Defiantly indefinable, frustrating and utterly mesmerising (literally). On a very superficial level, North by Northwest as a jigsaw puzzle with half the pieces missing. You may very easily dismiss it as indulgent pretense but us cinephiles are too busy having our retinas burned by staring into the heart of cinema's most incandescent jewel...

William Sleet
William Sleet

Super Reviewer

An intriguing, stylistic, but plodding picture concerning anonymous figures, one of which being an aggressive male trying convince a beautiful female that the two of them had an affair a year ago that day. The film has tons of style and gets tricky with the camera, especially near the conclusion, but this is literally one of the longest movies I felt I have seen - and it is only 93 minutes long! Sure, the acting is good, and this is pretty good melodrama, but it is a film that refuses to tie up any loose ends, and as a result, feels disappointing. Ambiguous endings are great when done correctly, sadly this film misses out.

Dan Schultz
Dan Schultz

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