Diego is one of the chiefs of the Spanish Communist Party. He is traveling back to Paris (where he lives) from a mission in Madrid. He is arrested at the border for an identity check but manages to go free thanks to Nadine, the daughter of the man whose passport he is using. When he arrives in Paris, he starts searching for one of his comrades, Juan, to prevent him from going to Madrid where he could be arrested by Franco’s police… —IMDb
While a seminal figure of the French New Wave, Alain Resnais was not, like so many of his contemporaries, an alumnus of the film journal Cahiers du Cinema. In fact, he existed well outside of the sphere of filmmakers like Jean-Luc Godard, Francois Truffaut, and Jacques Rivette, with a dedication to formalism, modernist concerns, and social and political issues not found in the work of his fellow innovators. Focusing repeatedly on themes of time and memory, Resnais drew from the well of serious literature to offer a singular philosophical and artistic vantage point, employing enigmatic narrative structures, lush cinematography, and lyrical editing patterns to create some of the most provocative and controversial work of the period. Born June 3, 1922, in Vannes, France, Resnais began making his first 8 mm films at the age of 14. In 1943 he enrolled at the newly formed Institut des Hautes Etudes Cinematographie, leaving the following year after declaring his studies too theoretical. He… read more
The film is filled with interesting editing, small cutaways that are so distinctive and bring to mind the French New Wave... The beginning is confusing, especially because there is a lot of dialogue. But once the initial confusion is gone, there are beautiful shots and interesting angles. Thulin and Bujold give amazing performances and the film's best scenes are with them.
I found it very intimate, the shots. It had to be Resnais or else this picture would have been like many other political structured films of its time. It is just completely on the verge of boredom with this type of material to work with, but because this picutre was made from Resnais it's not, you're not put off from watching this picture because of the way it was filmed. I found it to be well made and a good picture
Unrealized film projects by Resnais come to uncommon life through a collection of photographs.