Memoir of War 12A


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This film was last shown on 30 May 2019

In 1944 Nazi-occupied France, young Marguerite Duras is a talented writer and an active Resistance member with her husband Robert Antelme. When he is deported by the Gestapo, she dives into a desperate struggle to get him back.

She develops a chilling relationship with a police inspector and Vichy collaborator, and takes terrible risks to save Robert, playing a cat and mouse game of unpredictable meetings all over Paris. Does the inspector really want to help her? Or is he trying to dig up information about the anti-Nazi underground?

Then comes the end of the war and the return of the camp victims, an excruciating period for Duras - a long and silent agony after the chaos of the Liberation of Paris. But she continues to wait, bound to the torment of absence even beyond hope and love.

Memoir of War is an ambitious and beautifully realised adaptation of Duras’ ‘La Douleur’, published in English as ‘The War: A Memoir’.


Emmanuel Finkiel
Belgium, France
2 hours 7 minutes
Benjamin Biolay, Benoit Magimel, Melanie Thierry


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