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Memoir of War (2017)

La douleur (original title)
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Marguerite must navigate through the hardships of the Liberation after losing her husband and starting a relationship with the enemy during the War.

Director:

Emmanuel Finkiel

Writers:

Marguerite Duras (novel), Emmanuel Finkiel (adaptation) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Mélanie Thierry ... Marguerite Duras épouse Antelme
Benoît Magimel ... Pierre Rabier
Benjamin Biolay ... Dionys Mascolo
Grégoire Leprince-Ringuet ... François Mitterrand - alias François Morland
Emmanuel Bourdieu Emmanuel Bourdieu ... Robert Antelme
Anne-Lise Heimburger Anne-Lise Heimburger ... Mme Bordes
Patrick Lizana Patrick Lizana ... Georges Beauchamp
Shulamit Adar Shulamit Adar ... Madame Katz
Joanna Grudzinska Joanna Grudzinska ... Thérèse
Caroline Ducey ... La cliente du restaurant Saint-Georges
Salomé Richard ... Une femme au rapatriement à Orsay
Olivier Veillon Olivier Veillon ... Un camarade du réseau
Bertrand Schefer Bertrand Schefer ... Un camarade du réseau
Mathias Labelle Mathias Labelle ... Un camarade du réseau
Nathan Gabily Nathan Gabily ... Un camarade du réseau
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Storyline

June 1944, France is still under the German occupation. The writer and communist Robert Antelme, major figure of the Resistance, is arrested and deported. His young wife Marguerite Duras, writer and resistant, is torn by the anguish of not having news of her and her secret affair with her comrade Dyonis. She meets a French agent working at the Gestapo, Pierre Rabier, and, ready to do anything to find her husband, puts himself to the test of an ambiguous relationship with this troubled man, only to be able to help him. The end of the war and the return of the camps announce to Marguerite Duras the beginning of an unbearable wait, a slow and silent agony in the midst of the chaos of the Liberation of Paris.

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From the Life of Marguerite Duras, Bestselling Authout of The Lover

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Drama

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Official Sites:

Official site [Japan]

Country:

France | Belgium | Switzerland

Language:

French

Release Date:

17 August 2018 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Memoir of War See more »

Filming Locations:

Paris, France See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$11,653, 19 August 2018, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$103,636, 13 December 2018
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital (as Dolby 5.1)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Original literary source: 'La Douleur", novel by Marguerite Duras, Paris, P.O.L., 1985, 207 pages, ISBN: 2867440424. See more »

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References The Great Dictator (1940) See more »

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La Marseillaise
Written and composed by Claude Joseph Rouget de Lisle
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******* Chick Flick
28 August 2018 | by GManfredSee all my reviews

"Memoir Of War" is a woman's picture in the true sense of the term. Women can understand the agony of waiting for their husband or other male relative to return from war, or in this case, from a concentration camp. Waiting and waiting and waiting - for some word, some hope, some encouragement. Daily trips to the train station provide no help as day after day goes by. Melanie Thierry is outstanding as Marguerite, who waits patiently for her husband to return. The war is over and she scans the returnees at the train station each day.

It is not a war picture in the strict sense of the term and there are no battle scenes, or even a fight worth mentioning. It is a character study ... but c'mon. Enough is enough. The film could have used a heavier hand in the cutting room, as it is about 30 minutes too long. I was beginning to hope he would show up dead or alive and end the interminable wait. I base my rating on the caliber of the acting performances, especially Ms. Thierry and Shulamit Adar, who plays a neighbor who comes to stay with her. But for these outstanding performances I would have opted for a six rating.

7/10 - Website no longer prints my star rating.


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