Alain Resnais1961-1970Amos Vogel: Film as a Subversive ArtArthouseDramaFrance

Alain Resnais – Muriel ou Le temps d’un retour AKA Muriel, or The Time of Return (1963)

Seyrig is a fortyish widow dealing antique furniture from her apartment, who invites an old flame she hasn’t seen since the Algerian war to visit her and her troubled eccentric filmmaker stepson (Thierre), whom she shares an apartment with in Boulogne (a city in the provinces). The stepson is a recent veteran of the Algerian war who can’t escape the memory of a young girl named Muriel he tortured and killed during the war, as he watches grainy 8mm film clips of newsreels which remind him of the Arab girl.

The fiftysomething lover Jean-Pierre Kerien, who is also a veteran of the war, arrives with his mistress, the 20-year-old Nita Klein, whom he passes off as his niece. Why he comes for this reunion and why he brings his mistress remains a mystery. We know that Seyrig tries to rekindle her ordinary life by renewing memories of her first love, but finds that it’s to someone who has turned out to be an aging Romeo with white hair–not exactly how she remembered him.

2.13GB | 1h 56m | 956×576 | mkv

Subtitles:English (muxed)

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