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Memoir of War (La douleur) (2018)


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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.


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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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…

While clearly adoring Duras's work, Finkiel doesn't credit the strength it took for her to ruthlessly detail the experience.

August 15, 2018 | Full Review…

Melanie Thierry leaps towards the front echelons of current French actresses with her riveting turn as Marguerite Duras in Emmanuel Finkiel's slow-burning Memoir of Pain (La Douleur).

September 26, 2017 | Full Review…

If, at over two hours, it is an undeniably onerous watch, that is by design: Finkiel's film certainly understands the taxing nature of sorrow.

September 25, 2017 | Full Review…
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