Memoir of War

127+ min. In French w/English subtitles. Music Box Films. 2017. DVD UPC 751778951185. $29.95. Rated: R.
In Nazi-occupied France, Resistance member and budding writer Marguerite Duras (Mélanie Thierry) flirts with a French collaborator (Benoît Magimel) to determine the fate of her captive husband. Based on the famous author's semiautographical novel La Voleur ("The Pain"), Emmanuel Finkiel's adaptation effectively relies on voice-over narration and subjective cinematic techniques to tell a personal story of perseverance in the face of crushing uncertainty. Complicating matters is Duras's affair with a fellow Resistance fighter, creating conflict about her loyalty.

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