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Muriel ou Le temps d'un retour
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Director:
Writer:
Jean Cayrol (scenario and dialogue)
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Release Date:
13 March 2007 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
From Alain Resnais, Creator of "Hiroshima Mon Amour" and "Last Year at Marienbad" See more »
Plot:
In the seacoast town of Boulogne, Hélène sells antique furniture, living with her step-son, Bernard... See more » | Add synopsis »
Awards:
3 wins & 1 nomination See more »
User Reviews:
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Cast

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Delphine Seyrig ... Hélène Aughain
Jean-Pierre Kérien ... Alphonse Noyard
Nita Klein ... Françoise
Jean-Baptiste Thiérrée ... Bernard Aughain (as Jean-Baptiste Thierrée)
Claude Sainval ... Roland de Smoke
Laurence Badie ... Claudie
Jean Champion ... Ernest
Jean Dasté ... L'homme à la chèvre / The Goat Man
Martine Vatel ... Marie-Dominique, aka Marie-Do
Julien Verdier ... Le loueur de chevaux / The Stableman

Philippe Laudenbach ... Robert
Nelly Borgeaud ... La femme du couple d'acheteurs
Catherine de Seynes ... Angèle
Gaston Joly ... Antoine, le tailleur / Antoine the Tailor
Gérard Lorin ... Marc
Françoise Bertin ... Simone
Wanda Kerien ... La cliente (as Wanda Kérien)
Jean-Jacques Lagarde ... L'employé du casino
Paul Chevalier
Laure Paillette ... La cliente dans la rue
Robert Bordenave ... Le croupier / The Croupier
Éliane Chevet
Yves Peneau
Yves Vincent ... L'homme du couple d'acheteurs

Directed by
Alain Resnais 
 
Writing credits
Jean Cayrol (scenario and dialogue)

Produced by
Pierre Braunberger .... co-producer
Anatole Dauman .... producer
 
Original Music by
Hans Werner Henze 
 
Cinematography by
Sacha Vierny 
 
Film Editing by
Kenout Peltier 
Eric Pluet 
 
Production Design by
Jacques Saulnier 
 
Costume Design by
Lucilla Mussini 
 
Makeup Department
Alexandre Marcus .... makeup artist
Éliane Marcus .... makeup artist
Janou Pottier .... hair stylist
 
Production Management
Michel Choquet .... unit manager
Philippe Dussart .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Pierre Grunstein .... assistant director
Jean Léon .... assistant director
Florence Malraux .... second assistant director
 
Art Department
Charles Chieusse .... assistant art director
Georges Glon .... assistant art director
Charles Merangel .... set dresser
Michel Suné .... props
 
Sound Department
Antoine Bonfanti .... sound
Jean Gaudelet .... boom operator
Jean Nény .... sound mixer
Jean Philippe .... boom operator
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Philippe Brun .... camera operator
Jean Chiabaut .... assistant camera
Liliane de Kermadec .... still photographer
Elie Fontanille .... key electrician
Jean Harnois .... assistant camera
Richard Vasseur .... key grip
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Christiane Fageol .... wardrobe
 
Editorial Department
Claudine Merlin .... assistant editor
Svetla Pingova .... assistant editor
 
Music Department
Hans Werner Henze .... conductor
Rita Streich .... singer
 
Other crew
Sylvette Baudrot .... script girl
Suzanne Bujot .... assistant script
Jan Lenica .... titles
Jeanne Marie Olivier .... production secretary
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Muriel ou Le temps d'un retour" - France (original title)
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Runtime:
USA:115 min | USA:116 min | Brazil:112 min | France:117 min
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Color:
Color (Eastmancolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.66 : 1 See more »
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Did You Know?

Trivia:
When polled by the AFI filmmaker Randa Haines named "Muriel" as her all-time favorite film.See more »
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References La femme du bout du monde (1938)See more »
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1 out of 1 people found the following review useful.
A world gone by, 13 February 2015
Author: Bob Taylor (bob998@sympatico.ca) from Canada

It's about 50 years since I first saw Muriel; in those days the wounds of the Algerian war were still fresh: bodies of Algerian immigrants were found floating in rivers, Sartre's apartment was fire-bombed because he'd supported Algerian independence and so on. Resnais had enough reason to make a film about those troubled days. The trouble with the film has to do with the uneasy juxtaposition of domestic drama (the unhappy love of Hélène and Alphonse) with the ordeal of Bernard and Robert in Algeria, and the dead girl over whom Bernard obsesses. The love story is so much more interesting than the political theme that we are left frustrated with the necessity of ignoring the latter to the benefit of the former.

Delphine Seyrig gives a wonderful performance as Hélène; she's always in movement, trying to calm Bernard down, trying to coax some emotion out of the stony Alphonse, on the phone with Claudie cadging some money to gamble at the casino (she's not good about repaying debts). Jean Champion shows up in the second half as Ernest, Alphonse's brother-in-law, trying to bring him back to a sense of his duties to his family. He sings that wonderful song at the lunch party, then launches into an angry tirade about Alphonse's dereliction of duty. It's a superb performance. Nita Klein as Françoise is appropriately prickly, analyzing her options as she sees Alphonse sliding away from her. Claude Sainval is very oily as de Smoke, a man who can't stop thinking about the money he's lost on a derelict building: ''can't even get the doorknobs from it''

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