France, 2017, 127 min, Dir. Emmanuel Finkiel, Not Rated, French with English Subtitles, Music Box Films
“Mélanie Thierry leaps to the front echelon of current French actresses with her riveting turn as Marguerite Duras in Emmanuel Finkel’s slow-burning Memoir of War.” – Neil Young, The Hollywood Reporter
An emotionally complex story of love, loss, and perseverance against a backdrop of wartime intrigue. In a haunting adaptation of her semi-autobiographical novel, famed author Marguerite Duras (Mélanie Thierry) must navigate the Resistance and the Gestapo to uncover the whereabouts of her imprisoned husband. As he’s deported to Dachau in the midst of Nazi-occupied France, she becomes friendly with a French collaborator to gain information at considerable risk to her underground cell. But as the months wear on, she must begin the process of confronting the unimaginable. Using subtly expressionistic imagery and voiceover passages of Duras’s writing, director Emmanuel Finkiel evokes the inner world of one the 20th century’s most revolutionary writers.
Dr. Maria Antonieta García will open a window to Marguerite Duras and Memoir of War before and after the 8:15 pm screening Friday, August 24. Dr. García is a University French Instructor, French Program Coordinator, Le Cercle Français / Pi Delta Phi Adviser at the Department of Foreign Languages, FIU.