Muriel ou le temps d'un retour / Muriel, or the Return of Time

TitleMuriel ou le temps d'un retour / Muriel, or the Return of Time
Publication TypeFilm
Year of Publication1963
AuthorsResnais, Alain
Running Time117 minutes
Date Released07/24/1963
DistributorLes Films de la Pléiade
Publication LanguageFrench

Family, friends, and strangers obsessively hold onto memories of the past within the changing French nation in the aftermath of the Algerian War for Independence (1954–1962). In the seacoast town of Boulogne, Hélène sells antique furniture, living with her step-son, Bernard, who's back from military duty in Algiers. An old lover of Hélène's comes to visit - Alphonse - with his niece Françoise; he too is back from Algiers, where he ran a café. Bernard speaks of his fiancée, Muriel, whom Hélène has not met. The narrative, like memory and intention, is jumpy, the past obscured by guilt, misperceptions, and missed possibilities.

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