Acclaimed French author Marguerite Duras (Hiroshima mon amour) directs renowned French star Jeanne Moreau (Jules and Jim) in this elliptical, illusory story about the world of women in which dull domestic ritual masks an undercurrent of lurking violence.
Moreau and Lucia Bosé costar as two friends who worry about the violent behavior of Bosé’s daughter, discuss the immigration status of their housekeeper, and contemplate the news about escaped convicts as they do the breakfast dishes. Gérard Depardieu appears as a door-to-door salesman who mistakes their nonchalance as an invitation to hang around.
A precursor to the work of Chantal Ackerman and Claire Denis, Nathalie Granger is a landmark of women’s cinema. –blaq out
4 April 1914, Gia Dinh, French Cochinchina. [now Vietnam] – 3 March 1996, Paris, France.
Ms. Duras was born in southern Vietnam and lost her father at age 4. The family savings of 20 years bought the family a small plot in Cambodia, but everything was lost in a single season’s flooding. The disaster killed her mother as a result. After high school in Saigon, Ms. Duras left Indochina to study law in Paris. As a young woman, she worked as a secretary in France’s Ministry of Colonies from 1935 to 1941, before becoming a writer. She wrote 34 novels from 1943 to 1993, and became an enduring part of Paris’s intellectual elite. In addition to her writing, she also directed about 16 films. For the film India Song (1975), she won France’s Cinema Academy Grand Prix. She claimed to have rescued French president François Mitterand during World War II, when he was a resistance fighter and remained a friend and unconditional campaigner. Her most noted novel is “L’Amant”, the story of a girl… read more