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MEMOIR OF WAR

Opens Friday, August 17

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Emmanuel Finkiel's haunting and hypnotic adaptation of seminal author Marguerite Duras’s autobiographical novel The War: A Memoir. In 1944 Nazi-occupied France, Marguerite Duras (Mélanie Thierry) is an active Resistance member along with her husband Robert Antelme. When he is deported to Dachau by the Gestapo, she dives into a desperate struggle to get him back, and enters into a high-risk game of psychological cat and mouse with French Nazi collaborator Rabier (Benoît Magimel). But as the months wear on without word of the man she loves, Marguerite must begin the process of confronting the unimaginable. Through subtly expressionistic images and voiceover passages of Duras’s writing, Finkiel evokes the inner world of one of the 20th century’s most revolutionary writers.

Reviews

“Powerfully evokes...a crucial, often-mythicized moment of twentieth-century French history. [Mélanie] Thierry's is a transformative performance; she has simply never been better. In many respects the most sophisticated and accomplished film of [Emmanuel] Finkiel's cinematic career.”
– Stuart Liebman, Cineaste

“Absorbing. Grinding suspense. Utterly compelling. Melanie Thierry leaps toward the front echelons of current French actresses with her riveting turn as Marguerite Duras.”
– Neil Young, The Hollywood Reporter

“A great film. Melanie Thierry is a revelation as Marguerite.”
- Dustin Chang, Screen Anarchy

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MEMOIR OF WAR

Opens Friday, August 17