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Memoir of War (La douleur) Reviews

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September 6, 2018
Thierry's stoic performance and Finkiel's evocation of atmosphere envelop the viewer in a fever dream of dread.
August 23, 2018
This is a haunting film about the agony of uncertainty, in which hope is dwindling and there is no guarantee of truth...
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
August 21, 2018
Without being flashy, writer-director Emmanuel Finkiel and cinematographer Alexis Kavyrchine bring the period to life with skill and artistry.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
August 21, 2018
A punch to the gut - but also remarkable for its specificity.
August 21, 2018
Liberation of Paris from Nazis gets a new, personalized perspective, where it serves as the background for one woman living through this fraught period, Marguerite Duras.
Full Review | Original Score: 9/10
August 17, 2018
One of the best films I've seen about the ways in which grief can pull a person in both directions simultaneously.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
August 17, 2018
Subtle but heartbreaking tale of life in Vichy France that incorporates elements of Marguerite Duras's aesthetic. First-rate screen adaption of a 1985 semi-fictional work that has its #MeToo aspects.
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August 16, 2018
Marguerite is played by Mélanie Thierry, and the performance is a devastating one: unease and confusion with nowhere to direct it.
August 16, 2018
An emotionally intelligent French film about a woman dealing with the losses of wartime.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
August 15, 2018
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.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
August 8, 2018
A meditative piece rather than the usual thriller about Paris under German occupation. Stunning attention to period detail.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
June 8, 2018
Memoir of War is a film that is aware of that its fabric is not that of history, but rather of a besieged subjectivity where reality becomes phantasmagoria. [Full Review in Spanish]
June 8, 2018
There's a spectral tone to this film that works. [Full Review in Spanish]
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
June 4, 2018
Fortunately, Mélanie Thierry manages to fill the screen almost on her own. [Full review in Spanish]
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
September 26, 2017
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).
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September 25, 2017
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 4, 2018
Memoir of War is at its best when it focuses on the complex inner life of its compelling protagonist, but even she can't prevent this film from feeling unnecessarily drawn-out by the time it reaches its conclusion.
August 31, 2018
Though writer-director Emmanuel Finkiel has made a valiant effort, 'Memoir of War' dedicated and respectful but rather chilly and remote.
Full Review | Original Score: C
August 30, 2018
Despite its pedigree, Memoir of War does not guarantee safe passage.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
August 29, 2018
Marguerite Duras's semifictionalized memoir of psychological survival and emotional endurance in Paris during the Nazi occupation makes an uneasy, listless transition to the screen.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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