Poetical tale of Anne-Marie Stretter, the wife of a French diplomat in India in the 1930s. At 18 she had married a French colonial administrator and went with him on posting to Savannakhet,... See full summary »

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Georges Crawn
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Nicole Hiss ...
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Monique Simonet ...
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Viviane Forrester ...
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Dionys Mascolo ...
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Françoise Lebrun ...
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Poetical tale of Anne-Marie Stretter, the wife of a French diplomat in India in the 1930s. At 18 she had married a French colonial administrator and went with him on posting to Savannakhet, Laos. There she met her second husband who took her away and for 17 years they lived in various locations in Asia. Now in Calcutta, she takes lovers to relieve the boredom in her life. Told in a highly visual style with little dialogue but a constant voice-over narrative by the different characters. Written by garykmcd

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Dominique Sanda was the first choice for the leading role, but dropped out and was replaced by Delphine Seyrig. See more »

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Version of Son nom de Venise dans Calcutta désert (1976) See more »

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a challenging piece of modernist filmmaking.
17 May 2002 | by (vancouver canada) – See all my reviews

It's unfortunate that this film is not available in vhs or dvd form for the viewing public. India Song is a great example of Duras' reworking of the traditional relationship between sound and image. The emphasis on the sound track is a crucial aspect of the film as the viewer is actively challenged to figure out which voice belongs to which character and the chronology of events in the narrative. Ofcourse, this separation of sound and image can be troubling for some and unfortunately Duras' films are often labeled "difficult" . But for those up to the challenge you won't be disappointed.


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