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Marguerite must navigate through the hardships of the Liberation after losing her husband and starting a relationship with the enemy during the War.
Pierre and Maria, a Parisian couple, travel to Spain with their daughter and her friend. When a violent storm hits they must settle for the night in a tiny hotel in a small Andalusian city. This small city has been the scene of a crime of passion. The police search the murderer, an immigrant worker. The whole city is aroused by this murderous act which roused resentment and a dangerous desire for vengeance... (imdb)
A troubled mother's spirit crumbles when her adult children strike out for independence. Feeling abandoned she contemplates taking drastic action. (imdb)
In 1929 French Indochina, a French teenage girl embarks on a reckless and forbidden romance with a wealthy, older Chinese man, each knowing that knowledge of their affair will bring drastic consequences to each other. (imdb)
A seven year old 'child' (played by an adult) decides to leave school declaring that listening to the other pupils discussing their studies for a while has allowed him to acquire enough knowledge. (bfi.org.uk)
Une minute pour une image (1983) - TV Series
Visual essay about one image in one minute.
En rachâchant (1982) - Short Film
The child Ernesto doesn't want to go to school any more because, as he says, all he is taught there is things he doesn't know. (imdb)
A man and a woman converse while the film shows images of Rome. (bfi.org.uk)
The story of the love between Agatha and her brother who are inseparable. There are few images - endless sands, the sea, the passing of a ship. The two voices speaking of their love in the narration supply all the images necessary. (bfi.org.uk)
An experimental film about viewing with your eyes closed.
Each night in Paris, hundreds of men and women anonymously use telephone lines that date from the German Occupation and are no longer listed to talk to each other, to love each other. These people, shipwrecked lovers, are dying to love, to escape the abyss of solitude. (filmsdulosange)
Aurélia Steiner (Vancouver) (1979) - Short Film
Based on the letters of a fictitious poetess to her lover. Duras reads extracts from the letters, about the poetess's Jewish past, while the film shows stark waves beating against the seashore. (bfi.org.uk)
Aurelia Steiner (Melbourne) (1979) - Short Film
Based on the letters of a fictitious poetess to her lover. Duras reads extracts from these letters,as the film shows a boat journey down the Seine, past familiar bridges and landmarks. (bfi.org.uk)
Les Mains négatives (1978) - Short Film
Duras narrates a short story while the camera travels through the streets of Paris with short interludes of solemn music.
Cesarée (1978) - Short Film
Short film with images of sculptures.
The film observes both students and workers protesting in the streets and the activities of the various assemblies and committees within the Sorbonne. Although it risks reifying and fetishizing the revolutionary past, the film offers an invaluable and comprehensive vision of this rupture in everyday reality.
A study of a cold, remote thirtyish woman whose husband, a building operator, has practically sold her to get rid of a gambling debt. (bfi.org.uk)
Marguerite Duras and Gerard Depardieu read a script about a truckdriver who picks up a middleaged woman on the road. (bfi.org.uk)
An eccentric, rich little old lady visits Paris to lure her prodigal son back to the colonies and the family's business empire. (bfi.org.uk)
Film consists almost entirely of images of the deserted, deteriorating Rothschild palace near Reims. (bfi.org.uk)
It is a love story, in the Indies, during the 30's, in an overpopulated town located on the Ganges's verges. It is the monsoon season. Two days of this story are evocated. Faceless voices speak about this story. They remember it more or less... (festival-cannes.fr)
Story of three lovers told with voice over narration.
A worker named David, is charged with the killing of a Jew in exchange for dogs owned by the Jew. Thereafter various conversations ensue during which it is shown that Jews seem to talk a different language (bfi.org)
Brings together the brooding presence of two women, a sense of crisis surrounding daughter Nathalie's abandonment of her piano lessons and violent conduct at school, and a flailing washing machine salesman.
A professor, his wife, a student, and a married woman travel to a hotel on the edge of the forest for a week-long vacation. The forest represents the world outside their experiences and spheres of influence. When they enter the forest, their thoughts, words and actions become one. The married woman's husband comes to collect her although she is not ready to rejoin the real world. (all movie guide)
Alan, after quarreling with his girlfriend Sheila, becomes to be intrigued by Anna, a mysterious widow who's searching a sailor known many years before. Alan and Anna begin the search on board a yacht bound for Greece, but they don't find the sailor, while Louis de Mozambique, after a stop in Africa, joins the party and suggests that the sailor may never have existed other than in Anna's mind. (imdb)
The meeting of a divorced couple in a small provincial town and their discussion of what had been their married life. Adapted by Duras from her own play. (bfi.org.uk)
Restless married couple Maria (Melina Mercouri) and Paul (Peter Finch) take a road trip through Spain with their friend Claire (Romy Schneider). While Paul and Claire carry on a clandestine affair, Maria becomes obsessed with a recent murder in a small town along the way. What begins as a vacation ends as a meditation on tragedy and infidelity. (Netflix)
In a French village, Manou is an Italian logger, virile, with a broad laugh. He can't say no to women's sexual invitations... (imdb)
Nuit noire, Calcutta (1964) - Short Film
In Calcutta, an alcoholic writer is faced with the impotence of creation. (fr.wikipedia.org)
During WW2, Thérèse lost her husband; he had been reported missing in Germany. In her small bistro, she is still waiting, waiting... One days she spots a tramp on the street (George Wilson). Might he be the one? (IMDB Comments)
A wealthy and bored woman (Moreau) is witness of a murder in affection and meets another witness (Belmondo). She asks him about the history of the victim and falls in love with him. (imdb)
1959. A French young woman has spent the night with a japanese man, at Hiroshima where she went for the shooting of a film about peace... (imdb)