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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Anne-Marie Stretter
... Le vice-consul de Lahore (as Michel Lonsdale)
... L'attaché d'ambassade allemand
Claude Mann ... Michael Richardson
... Georges Crawn
Didier Flamand ... Le jeune invité
Claude Juan ... Le domestique / Servant
Satasinh Manila ... Voix de la mendiante (voice)
Nicole Hiss ... Voix intemporelle (voice)
Monique Simonet ... Voix intemporelle (voice)
Viviane Forrester ... Voix intemporelle (voice)
Dionys Mascolo ... Voix intemporelle (voice)
... Voix intemporelle (voice)
Françoise Lebrun ... Voix de la réception (voice)
... 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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4 June 1975 (France)  »

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Finding the main location took several months; eventually Marguerite Duras chose the Palais Rothschild in Boulogne, which she had seen during a walk and which had impressed her. See more »

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a threat
1 June 2008 | by See all my reviews

She's great, it's her vision which is superb. She made this film cos she wanted us to be a poet. No wonder India Song is very unique among all other films. I watched a lot of films, but I've never been met a picture like this. Which threaten you to be a poet. No action, no story, no climax, just her vision. To watch these art house flicks, process of understanding and analyzing is most important, it will sharpen up your vision, then you can use it in your everyday life, and it will definitely makes your life richer mentally.

Someone once said, to read Duras's books, it's just like writing a book. So, maybe, to watch her movies is like co-creating a film also.

Old memories is like a ghost story. I once read Mrs. Stretter really exists and India Song based on Duras's memory. It's fun to look at the beautiful ghosts singing and dancing


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