Memoir of War

La douleur


Friday, Nov. 2 at 12:00pm
Sunday, Nov. 4 at 12:00pm
Plaza Frontenac Cinema
Plaza Frontenac Cinema

In Emmanuel Finkiel’s haunting adaptation of Marguerite Duras’ semi-autobiographical novel “The War: A Memoir,” the famed author of “The Lover,” “India Song,” and “Hiroshima Mon Amour” recounts an emotionally complex story of love, loss, and perseverance against a backdrop of wartime intrigue. It’s 1944 Nazi-occupied France, and Marguerite (Mélanie Thierry) is an active Resistance member along with husband Robert Antelme and a band of fellow subversives. When Antelme is deported to Dachau by the Gestapo, she becomes friendly with French Nazi collaborator Rabier (Benoît Magimel) to learn of her husband’s whereabouts. But as the months wear on with no news of her husband, Marguerite must begin the process of confronting the unimaginable. Using subtly expressionistic imagery and voiceover passages of Duras’ writing, Finkiel evokes the inner world of one of the 20th century’s most revolutionary writers. writes: “Among its many notable achievements, ‘Memoir of War’ is one of the best films I’ve seen about the ways in which grief can pull a person in both directions simultaneously. Whereas the film’s first half plays more like a thriller, the second half proves to be an emotionally wrenching interlude perched on pins and needles. As in ‘Hiroshima Mon Amour,’ the past and present seem to be unfolding all at once.”

127 min.

Directed by

Emmanuel Finkiel



Film Category

Interfaith Competition International Spotlight Oscar® Submissions Robert French and French-Language Focus


Holocaust Literature War


Biopic Historical Drama

Sponsored by

Centre Francophone at Webster University