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Muriel, or the Time of Return (1963)

Muriel ou le temps d'un retour (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama | 13 March 2007 (USA)
In the seaside town of Boulogne, no one seems to be able to cope with their past, least of all Hélène, an antique furniture saleswoman, her stepson Bernard, and her former lover Alphonse.

Director:

Alain Resnais

Writer:

Jean Cayrol (scenario and dialogue)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Delphine Seyrig ... Hélène Aughain
Jean-Pierre Kérien Jean-Pierre Kérien ... Alphonse Noyard
Nita Klein Nita Klein ... Françoise
Jean-Baptiste Thiérrée Jean-Baptiste Thiérrée ... Bernard Aughain (as Jean-Baptiste Thierrée)
Claude Sainval Claude Sainval ... Roland de Smoke
Laurence Badie Laurence Badie ... Claudie
Jean Champion Jean Champion ... Ernest
Jean Dasté ... L'homme à la chèvre / The Goat Man
Martine Vatel Martine Vatel ... Marie-Dominique, aka Marie-Do
Julien Verdier Julien Verdier ... Le loueur de chevaux / The Stableman
Philippe Laudenbach ... Robert
Nelly Borgeaud ... La femme du couple d'acheteurs
Catherine de Seynes Catherine de Seynes ... Angèle
Gaston Joly Gaston Joly ... Antoine, le tailleur / Antoine the Tailor
Gérard Lorin Gérard Lorin ... Marc
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Storyline

In the seacoast town of Boulogne, Hélène sells antique furniture, living with her step-son, Bernard, who's back from military duty in Algiers. An old lover of Hélène's comes to visit - Alphonse - with his niece Françoise; he too is back from Algiers, where he ran a café. Bernard speaks of his fiancée, Muriel, whom Hélène has not met. The narrative, like memory and intention, is jumpy, the past obscured by guilt, misperceptions, and missed possibilities. Appearances deceive, things change. As Hélène and Alphonse try to sort out a renewal, everyone seems off-kilter just enough to hint that all cannot end well. Can anyone know another? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Muriel: Best Picture Prix International Des Critiques Venice Film Festival 1963 See more »

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

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Country:

France | Italy

Language:

French

Release Date:

13 March 2007 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Muriel, or the Time of Return See more »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono | Dolby Digital

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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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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brilliant, difficult movie
22 September 2005 | by sw1964See all my reviews

not for the casual DVD renter. Muriel is *not* entertainment but a film that demands that we endure its theatricality and embalmed atmosphere in order to reflect, along with Resnais, about various kinds of unbearable pasts, personal and national. The city of Boulogne is itself a character in Muriel, rebuilt and unrecognizable after the bombings of World War II...Helene (Delphine Seyrig) is an antique dealer whose home is her gallery--so she lives in a jumble of distant French pasts all the better to avoid her own. The "home movie" sequence is one of the few in French cinema of the 60s where the Algerian War is figured--but here, we see happy soldiers hanging out, images to send home (and to French TV), while the voice-over (Helene's stepson) recounts the rape and torture of the Algerian woman named in the title. Daring, in light of French censorship of any text that compromised state security during the "Algerian situation." Muriel will leave you with more questions than resolutions.


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