This ambitious and haunting adaptation of the semi-autobiographical Marguerite Duras novel, “The War: A Memoir,” is France’s official 2019 Oscar entry for Best Foreign Language Film. The famed author — best known by cinephiles as the screenwriter for the famed Alain Resnais drama Hiroshima mon amour — recounts a complex story of love, loss, and perseverance against a backdrop of wartime intrigue. It’s 1944 in Nazi-occupied France, and Marguerite is an active member of the Resistance along with her husband, Robert Antelme, and fellow subversives. When Robert is deported to the Dachau concentration camp, Marguerite becomes friendly with a French Nazi collaborator to learn of her husband’s whereabouts. But as the months wear on with no news, Marguerite must confront the unimaginable. Featuring a breathtaking performance by Mélanie Thierry as Marguerite, Memoir of War evokes the inner world of one of the 20th Century’s most celebrated writers. In French, with English subtitles.
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Directors: Emmanuel Finkiel
France/Belgium/Switzerland (2017) • 127 minutes • Not Rated
Distributor: Music Box Films