1971-1980ArthouseDramaFranceMarguerite Duras

Marguerite Duras – Des journées entières dans les arbres aka Entire Days in the Trees (1977)


A woman whose son has been estranged from her for years travels to visit him in Paris. Despite offers of money and position, he would prefer to remain a petty thief, gigolo, and paid dancer rather than have anything to do with his mother. She has factories in Indochina which, despite political reverses, still run under her direction, and they could have been put under his control. The lad is happy enough to steal the jewels and money she has left lying around for just that purpose, knowing that he is too proud to accept gifts. His unhappy childhood in Indochina has left him too bitter to be approached.

Based on her novel and prior to directing a film version of the novel, Duras had already modified it into a stageplay that had enjoyed a theatrical run.

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Une vieille femme quitte les colonies pour venir à Paris quelques jours retrouver son fils, qu’elle n’a pas vu depuis des années.
Ce fils, objet de l’amour exclusif, aveugle et dévorant de sa mère, n’est qu’un séducteur vieilli, égoïste, minable flambeur qui vit avec une entraîneuse pitoyable mais attachante. Rien à attendre, donc, de celui qui, enfant, passait des journées entières dans les arbres à dénicher les oiseaux.
Rien à attendre de celui qui ne changera plus jamais. Rien à attendre, sinon un amour fou, incompréhensible, qui ne cessera jamais de lier mère et fils, au-delà de tout.



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