Memoir of War


Mary D. Fisher Theatre Fri, Nov 9, 2018 4:00 PM
Mary D. Fisher Theatre Sun, Nov 11, 2018 1:00 PM
Mary D. Fisher Theatre Wed, Nov 14, 2018 4:00 PM
Mary D. Fisher Theatre Wed, Nov 14, 2018 7:00 PM
Mary D. Fisher Theatre Thu, Nov 15, 2018 7:00 PM
Film Info
Event Type:Narrative Feature
Release Year:2017
Run Time:127 minutes
Production Country:France
Original Language:French
Cast/Crew Info
Director:Emmanuel Finkiel
Cast:Mélanie Thierry
Benoit Magimel
Benjamin Biolay


“Memoir of War” is France’s official submission to the Academy Awards for the Best Foreign Language Film this year.

In Emmanuel Finkiel’s haunting adaptation of Marguerite Duras’s semiautobiographical 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 in 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.

“Riveting! Mélanie Thierry leaps toward the front echelons of current French actresses with her riveting turn as Marguerite Duras. Thierry is utterly compelling from first to last.” — Neil Young, The Hollywood Reporter

“Poetic, ambitious and graceful.” — Guy Lodge, Variety