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France's Oscar Submission FOR Best Foreign Language Film 2019
In Emmanuel Finkiel’s haunting adaptation of Marguerite Duras’s semi- autobiographical novel, The War: A Memoir, the famed author (Mélanie Thierry) recounts an emotionally complex story of love, loss, and perseverance against a backdrop of wartime intrigue. It’s 1944 Nazi-occupied France, and Marguerite 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’s writing, Finkiel evokes the inner world of one of the 20th century’s most revolutionary writers.

  • Director: Emmanuel Finkiel
  • Country: France
  • Genre: Drama
  • Year: 2018
  • Run Time: 02:07:00
  • imdb Score: 6.1/10 (338 votes)
  • Language: French
  • Rating: Not Rated
  • Cast: Melanie Thierry, Benoit Magimel, Benjamin Biolay
"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."
Matt Fagerholm - ROGEREBERT.COM

"If, at over two hours, it is an undeniably onerous watch, that is by design: Finkiel's film certainly understands the taxing nature of sorrow."
Guy Lodge - VARIETY

"Anchored by a brilliant Mélanie Thierry, whose stone-eyed lead performance is at the center of almost every frame, Finkiel’s film never betrays the distance that Duras inserted between herself and her own experiences, or that she wrote from the perspective of a vessel as much as she did a subject."
David Ehrlich - INDIEWIRE

AWARDS

France's Oscar Submission 2019
Best Foreign Language Film

FESTIVALS

San Sebastián Int'l Film Festival 2017

Haifa Int’l Film Festival 2017

Festival du Film Français au Japon 2018

Angoulême Film Festiva 2017