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MEMOIR OF WAR LA DOULEUR
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DRAMA / FRANCE, BELGIUM / 2018 / 126 MINS / MA15+

FRENCH WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES

Published in 1985 and translated into fifteen languages, Marguerite Duras’ La Douleur (pain) is considered one of the great literary works of the 20th century – a searing recollection of her experiences in Paris during the Second World War. Adapting such a work for the screen is an ambitious undertaking, and one that has garnered its fair share of controversy under the directorial gaze of Emmanuel Finkiel.

It is 1944. Marguerite Duras (Mélanie Thierry, The Dancer, AF FFF2017) remembers her past as a Resistance member in Nazi-occupied France with her husband, Robert Antelme, and the unbearable pain of waiting after the Gestapo deports him. She throws herself into a desperate struggle to secure his return.

In doing so, Duras plays a dangerous game of cat-and-mouse, including a chilling relationship with a local Vichy collaborator, Rabier (Benoît Magimel, 150 Milligrams, AF FFF2017), whose motives are unclear and suspicious.

Primarily built on two chapters from Duras’ six-part book, Finkiel removes the radicalism of its source text and repurposes it in a far more conventional, accessible way. Visually, this is an epic, heartrending depiction of sorrow and the lengths one woman will endure to be reunited with the man she loves.

DIRECTED BY: EMMANUEL FINKIEL

STARRING: Mélanie Thierry, Benoît Magimel, Benjamin Biolay, Grégoire Leprince-Ringuet, Emmanuel Bourdieu

NOMINATED: Best Actress, Best Actor, Best Film, Globes de Cristal Awards 2019
NOMINATED: Best Actress, Lumiere Awards 2019
NOMINATED: Best Film, Prix Louis Delluc 2018
NOMINATED: Best Film, San Sebastian International Film Festival 2017

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      Special Event, Q&A
      Encore Screenings
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BUY  6:00 PMThu 7 MarChauvel Cinema
BUY  1:10 PMFri 8 MarPalace Central
BUY  3:10 PMSat 9 MarPalace Norton St.
BUY  6:10 PMMon 11 MarChauvel Cinema
BUY  6:10 PMWed 13 MarPalace Verona
BUY  4:00 PMThu 14 MarPalace Norton St.
BUY  6:10 PMFri 15 MarPalace Verona
BUY  1:35 PMSat 16 MarPalace Central
BUY  5:45 PMSun 17 MarPalace Norton St.
BUY  6:10 PMMon 18 MarPalace Norton St.
BUY  1:00 PMTue 19 MarChauvel Cinema
BUY  8:40 PMWed 20 MarPalace Verona
BUY  6:00 PMThu 21 MarChauvel Cinema
BUY  6:15 PMThu 21 MarHayden Orpheum Cremorne
BUY  3:30 PMFri 22 MarPalace Central
BUY  10:00 AMSat 23 MarChauvel Cinema
BUY  6:00 PMMon 25 MarPalace Verona
BUY  3:40 PMTue 26 MarPalace Norton St.
BUY  3:50 PMWed 27 MarPalace Central
BUY  6:15 PMThu 28 MarPalace Verona
BUY  12:35 PMFri 29 MarPalace Central
BUY  3:15 PMSat 30 MarPalace Norton St.
BUY  3:00 PMSun 31 MarPalace Verona
BUY  6:00 PMTue 2 AprChauvel Cinema
BUY  6:00 PMWed 3 AprPalace Norton St.
BUY  3:40 PMThu 4 AprPalace Central
BUY  3:30 PMSat 6 AprChauvel Cinema
BUY  10:00 AMSun 7 AprPalace Verona
BUY  3:30 PMMon 8 AprPalace Norton St.
BUY  8:50 PMTue 9 AprChauvel Cinema

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