Memoir of War

Tuesday, Dec 11 at 7:15pm

France’s submission to this year’s Oscars for Best Foreign Language Film. In this haunting adaptation of Marguerite Duras’s semi-autobiographical novel, ‘The War: A Memoir’, the famed author recounts an emotionally complex story of love and loss in 1944 Nazi-occupied France. Marguerite (Mélanie Thierry) and her husband are active Resistance members until he is captured and deported to Dachau by the Gestapo.  In French with subtitles. (127 mins)

“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 Erhlich, IndieWire

“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