Director Emmanuel Finkiel and actress Melanie Thierry discuss Memoir of War at Rendez-Vous with French Cinema 2018. Memoir of War opens on August 17 at the Film Society of Lincoln Center: filmlinc.org/memoir
Marguerite Duras’s autobiographical memoir—a heartrending reflection on wartime grief—receives a haunting and hypnotic adaptation. Mélanie Thierry, her face a transfixing canvas of emotion, plays the writer, a member of the Resistance living in Nazi-occupied Paris. Desperate for news of her husband, who has been arrested by the Germans, she enters into a high-risk game of psychological cat and mouse with a Nazi collaborator (Benoît Magimel). But as the months wear on without word of the man she loves, Marguerite must begin the process of confronting the unimaginable. Through subtly expressionistic images and voiceover passages of Duras’s writing, director Emmanuel Finkiel evokes the inner world of one of the 20th century’s most revolutionary writers. A 2018 Rendez-Vous with French Cinema selection. A Music Box Films release.
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