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Memoir of War (La douleur) Reviews

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April 23, 2019
This is a powerful film, for its tense wartime emotions and exploration of inner life.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
March 1, 2019
Every once in a while, the story of an individual slips through the cracks. Memoir of War is one of those stories and, as such, provides an unseen perspective to a plotline that we all know well.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
December 16, 2018
A somewhat lifeless film saved by handsome production values and a strong central performance.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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 12, 2018
It's more daring than it seems, less academic than it could have been and almost as inclement as the source material. [Full Review in Spanish]
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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.
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