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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 »
User Reviews:
"Enchantingly atmospheric and cryptic chamber piece..." See more (14 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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When polled by the AFI filmmaker Ronda Haines named "Muriel" as her all-time favorite film.See more »
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References Shoot the Piano Player (1960)See more »
Soundtrack:
Sujux DaySee more »

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5 out of 6 people found the following review useful.
"Enchantingly atmospheric and cryptic chamber piece...", 19 December 2011
Author: Sindre Kaspersen from Norway

French avant-garde and former French New Wave director Alain Resnais' third feature film which succeeded his highly acclaimed first feature film "Hiroshima Mon Amour" (1959) and "Last Year at Marienbad" (1961), was written for the screen by French poet Jean Cayrol (1911-2005) and tells the story about a middle-aged antique dealer named Hèlène Aughain who lives in her inner-city apartment in the provincial port-town of Boulogne-sur-Mer with her restless and secretive stepson Bernard who is haunted by a woman from his past named Muriel. Their lives changes when Hèlène is visited by her old lover Alphonse Noyard who has brought along a young woman named Francoise.

Masterfully directed by one of the greatest directors in cinema history, this character-driven and dialog-driven mystery, a metaphysical drama with rigorously composed visuals and sounds, about memories of love and war, where the past and the present is intertwined and where time dissolves, is a detailed and realistic portrayal of everyday life in a urban French town, a character in itself, where things much like the central characters are incomplete. Like Jean-Luc Godard's "Le Petit Soldat" (1960), Alain Resnais' film pointedly deals with themes of the Algerian War of Independence which had ended the year before "Muriel, or the Time of a Return" was released.

The efficient use of cinematic devices and the creatively fragmented narrative is pivotal in this stringently structured and acutely written story, which is an enchantingly atmospheric and cryptic chamber piece with memorable acting performances. Like some of the greatest films made by directors Alfred Hitchcock (1899-1980) and Luis Buñuel (1900-1983), this symbolic, metaphorical and distinctly stylistic early nineteen sixties French-Italian co-production gradually decodes the consciousness of it's characters. A truly engaging and elusive depiction of the human psyche which was awarded with the Volpi Cup for Best Actress - Delphine Seyrig (1932-1990) at the 24th Venice Film Festival in 1963.

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