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Memoir of War (La douleur) (2018)

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Critic Consensus: Memoir of War benefits from a magnetic performance by Mélanie Thierry, whose work is often enough to counter some of the film's fundamental flaws.

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It's 1944, and Duras is an active Resistance member along with her husband, writer Robert Antelme, and a band of fellow subversives in Nazi-occupied Paris. When Antelme is deported to Dachau by the Gestapo, she becomes friendly with French collaborator Rabier (Benoît Magimel) to gain information at considerable risk to her underground cell. But as the months wear on without news of her husband, she must begin the process of confronting the unimaginable. Through subtly expressionistic images and voiceover passages of Duras' writing, Finkiel evokes the inner world of one of the 20th century's most revolutionary writers.

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Mélanie Thierry
as Marguerite Duras épouse Antelme
Benoît Magimel
as Pierre Rabier
Benjamin Biolay
as Dionys Mascolo
Shulamit Adar
as Madame Katz
Emmanuel Bourdieu
as Robert Antelme
Grégoire Leprince-Ringuet
as François Mitterrand - alias François Morland

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All Critics (27) | Top Critics (9)

Resolutely somber, and self-aware about its deliberately tight and opaque visual style, it's presentational more than lived, a series of filmmaking choices instead of something deeply felt and conveyed.

August 23, 2018 | Full Review…

"Memoir of War" is a movie that dreadfully empties a vast experience, that reduces colossal events to dramatic simplicities and trivializing shortcuts.

August 17, 2018 | Full Review…

One of the best films I've seen about the ways in which grief can pull a person in both directions simultaneously.

August 17, 2018 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…

Marguerite is played by Mélanie Thierry, and the performance is a devastating one: unease and confusion with nowhere to direct it.

August 16, 2018 | Full Review…
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Ms. Thierry plays Marguerite with an understatement that can be enigmatic, seductive, or deliberately confounding. The picture as a whole doesn't do justice to her committed performance.

August 16, 2018 | Full Review…

This isn't a movie about set-up and payoff, it's a movie about the torment of being stuck in your head, and the insoluble loneliness of walking through a crowd of people who are oblivious to your private suffering.

August 15, 2018 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

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