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Memoir of War (La douleur) (2018)



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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La Douleur? Oui. Et les longueurs!

May 28, 2019 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

Duras's soul-stripping words are here, but little thought appears to have gone into translating them for cinema.

May 22, 2019 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
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Buoyed by an astonishing central turn by Mélanie Thierry.

May 22, 2019 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Pain, it turns out, can be unbearably dull.

November 11, 2018 | Rating: C | Full Review…

Despite its pedigree, Memoir of War does not guarantee safe passage.

August 30, 2018 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

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…

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