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Muriel, or the Time of Return

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Original title
Muriel ou le temps d'un retour
Year
Running time
115 min.
Country
France France
Director
Screenwriter
Jean Cayrol
Music
Hans Werner Henze
Cinematography
Sacha Vierny
Cast
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Genre
Drama | Psychological Drama. Nouvelle vague (New Wave)
Synopsis / Plot
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. Appearances deceive, things change. As Hélène and Alphonse try to sort out a renewal, everyone seems off-kilter just enough to hint that all cannot end well. Can anyone know another?
Awards
1963: Venice Film Festival: Volpi Cup for Best Actress (Delphine Seyrig)
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