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Anne-Marie Stretter, wife of a French diplomat, lives in 1930s India. She takes many lovers as systems of oppression decay around her.

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Marguerite Duras
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Delphine Seyrig ... Anne-Marie Stretter
Michael Lonsdale ... Le vice-consul de Lahore (as Michel Lonsdale)
Mathieu Carrière ... L'attaché d'ambassade allemand
Claude Mann ... Michael Richardson
Vernon Dobtcheff ... Georges Crawn
Didier Flamand Didier Flamand ... Le jeune invité
Claude Juan Claude Juan ... Le domestique / Servant
Satasinh Manila Satasinh Manila ... Voix de la mendiante (voice)
Nicole Hiss Nicole Hiss ... Voix intemporelle (voice)
Monique Simonet Monique Simonet ... Voix intemporelle (voice)
Viviane Forrester Viviane Forrester ... Voix intemporelle (voice)
Dionys Mascolo Dionys Mascolo ... Voix intemporelle (voice)
Marguerite Duras ... Voix intemporelle (voice)
Françoise Lebrun ... Voix de la réception (voice)
Benoît Jacquot ... Voix de la réception (voice)
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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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Drama | Fantasy | Romance

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The soundtrack of this movie was recorded separately from the movie itself, and later re-used in full in the movie Son nom de Venise dans Calcutta désert (1976). See more »

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

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This film transcends everything.
19 January 2001 | by sleepsevSee all my reviews

I was completely hypnotized and paralyzed while seeing this film. The first time I saw it, I was so deeply moved that I couldn't even move my fingers, let alone any other parts of my body. I sat very still and tried to breathe as quietly as possible. This film has a profound effect on my state of mind. It seems to be beyond any definitions, any explanations, any limits, any boundaries. There is nothing ordinary from the first image to the last image. Nearly every image in this movie makes my heart want to stop beating:the sunset, the shadow on the ground, the smoke lingering in the air, the ballroom, the mirror, etc. "Time" and "space" in this movie were transformed into something undescribeable. Every movement of Delphine Seyrig is sublime. Nearly every shot, scene, and detail of each scene, is full of a kind of feeling--and I hardly get this kind of feeling from other movies. I'm not even sure if I should call it "feeling." But it's full of "something" very strong, something that I feel, but that something is very different from "feelings" I usually experience. The music is very beautiful, but it is the voice-over in this movie which brought me to the strange and unique state of consciousness, and uplift this movie to the realm of the unknown. The voice of the crazy woman in this movie somehow makes me think about the radio announcement of murderers in "Nathalie Granger." I have seen "India Song" in a cinema here four times but I still can't get enough of it. This movie is my friend's most favorite film of all time and it is one of my top ten favorites,too.


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Country:

France

Language:

French

Release Date:

4 June 1975 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Песня Индии See more »

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Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$9,308
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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