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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 »
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Awards:
2 wins & 1 nomination See more »
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Reality vs memory of it See more (15 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 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 (Eastmancolor)
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1.66 : 1 See more »
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Trivia:
When polled by the AFI filmmaker Ronda Haines named "Muriel" as her all-time favorite film.See more »
Movie Connections:
References Shoot the Piano Player (1960)See more »
Soundtrack:
Sujux DaySee more »

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25 out of 27 people found the following review useful.
Reality vs memory of it, 13 April 2007
Author: Galina from Virginia, USA

"Muriel" (1963) directed by Alain Resnais is a drama about the persistence of memory (aren't all Resnains' films? Incidentally, I named my review of "Hiroshima Mon Amour" that I saw about two years ago, "Persistence of Memory".)

Muriel of the title is dead by the time the movie begins, the victim of torture by the French soldiers during the occupation of Algeria. One of the soldiers, Bernard, is back in France living with his step-mother, Helene (Delphine Seyrig) in the province city Boulogne and hunted by the memories of war and Muriel. Helen deals with her own past and memories of Alphonse (Jean-Pierre Kérien), an ex-lover who comes from Paris to visit her in the company of his new 20-years-old girlfriend, Françoise (Nita Klein)

The story which Resnais tells is simple and the trailer for the movie gives a viewer a very good idea of what they are about to see: The Past. The present. The future - is it possible? Uncertainty. Suspicions. Lies. Four main characters, Helene, Alphonse, Bertrand, and Françoise are in search of what they are. There will be secrets and confessions. Is that time to love? The main theme of the film is reality vs. memory of it. Can we always trust ourselves with what we remember? Does our memory reflect the events the way they really happened or our vision of them is altered as time passes and new realities inevitably enter our lives?

What makes "Muriel" unique after all these years is the way the director presents the journey into the past of his characters, how they see it, and how it affects their present lives and the possibility (or rather impossibility) of love and happiness. Alain Resnains uses quick flashes of memory in the form of almost hypnotizing jump cuts of his genius cinematographer Sacha Vierny (Resnains and Vierny had made 10 films together). Vierny provided beautiful melancholic visual palette of washed out colors that created the atmosphere of unbearable sadness, loss, and hopelessness. Vierny who always underlined his preference for atmosphere over formal perfection, had said, "My satisfaction is that the photography is not remarked on too much for itself". The visual originality and innovation are accompanied by unusual unnerving soundtrack, eerie and haunting that adds to the understanding of guilt and remorse the film characters live with.

"Muriel" is a puzzling and multi-layered film that is easy to admire and meditate on. It is not entertaining or heart-warming and it is hard to identify with its heroes (or anti-heroes) but is always fascinating and rewarding and it may reveal its secrets after multiple viewings.

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