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Director:
Writer:
Jean Cayrol (scenario and dialogue)
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Release Date:
13 March 2007 (USA) See more »
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Plot:
In the seacoast town of Boulogne, Hélène sells antique furniture, living with her step-son, Bernard... See more » | Add synopsis »
Awards:
2 wins & 1 nomination See more »
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Antiques dealer, her former lover and her son cope with their disconnected lives See more (13 total) »

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 Chevallier
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
Paul Colline .... lyricist: "Déja"
Georges Delerue .... additional music: "Sujuk Day"
Hans Werner Henze .... conductor
Paul Maye .... music: "Déja"
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 (Eastmancolor)
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1.66 : 1 See more »
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References Shoot the Piano Player (1960)See more »
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Antiques dealer, her former lover and her son cope with their disconnected lives, 30 July 2013
Author: msroz from United States

There is no doubt that "Muriel, or The Time of Return" is a major artistic accomplishment on many fronts, and they include the themes, the editing, the music, the direction, the script, and the cinematography. The story itself is on the mundane side. The acting too is not particularly impressive or engaging. So what we have here is a kind of mismatch in which high art is piled upon the acting out of a story that is not as grand, not as large, not as rich as the elements being used to tell that story. It as if Toscanini conducted a good but not great orchestra, endowed with the best possible musical instruments, playing a Christmas song.

One thing we do get here is rich characterizations. Delphine Seyrig plays an antiques dealer (Helene), selling out of her flat, who lives with her son Bernard, played by Jean-Baptiste Thierrey. He's a veteran of the Algerian War, trying to cope with an incident of torture upon a woman named Muriel. They are suddenly visited by Helene's former lover, Alphonse, played by Jean-Pierre Kerien. He arrives with his current lover, supposedly his niece. There are also several more characters that make briefer appearances but are nonetheless important.

The movie is excellent at creating moods that support its themes. It also reflects the preoccupations of its director with certain themes of dislocation, separation, time and inability of people to cope with life as lived in time. In my opinion, these themes can only go so far in maintaining interest unless the art itself has a vocabulary that sustains interest in the absence of the more conventional dramatic means. Although the techniques of Resnais are surely laudable and pathbreaking, having come to be used by more and more film-makers, they also sometimes come across as devices that interrupt and make it more difficult to underscore the very themes he wants to emphasize.

There are those who look for masterpieces, seeking the next Citizen Kane, and thinking they have found it because a director has innovated. I submit that it's not that easy to create a masterpiece that succeeds at all levels. "Muriel" is a good movie, but the acting tends to be one-dimensional and on the wooden side. The story is not that enthralling. These factors counteract its obvious positives.

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