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Memoir of Pain

La douleur

FEATURE FILM 125'
Drama / Biography/Portrait / War

COMPLETED

1944 Paris. When her husband is arrested by the Gestapo, then deported, Marguerite suffers the long and silent agony of waiting for his return.
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Based on the autobiographical novel by Marguerite Duras

Directed by

Emmanuel Finkiel (A Decent Man, Voyages)

Starring

Mélanie Thierry (The Dancer, The Princess of Montpensier)
Benoît Magimel CESAR AWARDS WINNER (Standing Tall, The Piano Teacher, Against the wind)
Benjamin Biolay (Personal Shopper, Under the Rainbow)
Shulamit Adar
Grégoire Leprince-Ringuet
Emmanuel Bourdieu

Production

Cinéfrance, Les Films du Poisson, KNM

2017 / Original language: French / Color / 1.85 / available in hd & 2k

In the 1944 Nazi-occupied France, young talented writer Marguerite is an active Resistance member with her husband Robert Antelme. When he is deported by the Gestapo, she dives into a desperate struggle to get him back. She develops a chilling relationship with local Vichy collaborator Rabier and takes terrible risks to save Robert, playing a cat-and-mouse of unpredictable meetings all over Paris. Does he really want to help her? Or is he trying to dig up information about the anti-Nazi underground? Then comes the end of the war and the return of camp victims, an excruciating period for her, a long and silent agony after the chaos of the Liberation of Paris. But she continues to wait, bound to the torment of absence even beyond hope and love.

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Festival de San Sebastian 2017
Official Selection



Croisic Film Festival
Best Adaptation



Pessac International Film Festival History Film
Award Jury Prize


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"A sombre, pensive and impressionistic film”
"Mélanie Thierry delivers a remarkable performance"
Cineuropa

“Emmanuel Finkiel ambitiously and gracefully takes on Marguerite Duras’s 'The War: A Memoir' "
“Mélanie Thierry’s intensely contained lead performance”
Variety

"Thierry looks a strong front runner as Best Actress at the French equivalent of the Oscars, the Cesars”
The Hollywood Reporter

"Mélanie Thierry is remarkable"
MADAME FIGARO

"Melancholy, bitterness, highly moving"
MARIE CLAIRE

"****" / 4 stars
"MEMOIR OF PAIN keeps haunting you"
"An incredibly powerful film"
PREMIERE

"Stupendous acting"
STUDIO CINELIVE

"****" / 4 stars
"Mélanie Thierry sparkles"
ROLLING STONES

"Un dimanche de cinéma"
"Don't miss this film"
"Melanie Thierry is exceptional"
EUROPE 1

"Melanie Thierry shines"
LE POINT

"Fantastic"
"Mélanie Thierry: absolutely realistic"
"Indie film. Intelligent film"
"We love this film"
L’OBS

"A brilliant film"
LE MONDE

"An exceptional adaptation"
"Benoit Magimel, impressively ambivalent"
TELERAMA

"Sharp vision, infinitely graceful"
LE JOURNAL DU DIMANCHE

"Superb"
LES INROCKS

"The role of a lifetime"
FIGARO MAGAZINE

"A masterful adaptation"
LIBERATION

"Mélanie Thierry captures the spirit of Marguerite Duras"
"Full of emotion"
LE FIGARO

"A film that is simply overwhelming"
"Mélanie Thierry is brilliant"
FRANC E 3 "JT"

"Love it"
"A daring and thrilling film"
"Mélanie Thierry at the height of her talent"
"A glowing and powerful cinematic experience"
LE PARISIEN

"You have to go see this film right now"
FRANCE INTER

"Mélanie Thierry is magnificent in MEMOIR OF PAIN"
"A cinematic event"
GRAZIA

"Melanie Thierry has definitely landed one of the most significant roles of her career."
"Her greatest role"
VSD

"A beautiful portrayal of women"
"Mélanie Thierry is stunning"
RTL

"This is Mélanie Thierry's greatest role"
20 MINUTES

"Emmanuel Finkiel adapts Duras' novel magnificently"
"A heart-wrenching, disturbing adaptation"
Positif





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