Overall Rank: 1669
Average Rating: 3/4
# of Ratings: 33
Theatrical Release Date: 03/07/1962
Blu-ray/DVD Release Date: 06/23/2009
Genre: Drama, Romance
MPAA Rating: NR
Director: Alain Resnais
Actors: Delphine Seyrig, Giorgio Albertazzi, Sacha Pitoëff, Françoise Bertin, Luce Garcia-Ville, Héléna Kornel
Quick Movie Reviews
mitchellyoung - wrote on 03/12/2012
I'm not going to pretend I am "movie smart" enough to get this film. I found a lot of the sequences poetic and visually haunting, like viewing moving artwork, but I definitely did not fully grasp the plot. As an exercise in surrealism, it sort of works, but it's not the type of movie I would, quite honestly, pop into the DVD player for a repeat viewing. In my opinion, there are better Resnais films, as well.
Chris Kavan - wrote on 10/26/2011
I'm not going to claim I can really get into the story here - I'm not up on French cinema, but I do know that visually this film is stunning - beautiful and haunting and the music only adds the feeling of unease. It's like part dream, part memory and something, to me, entirely unique. Will require repeat viewings for sure.
Allison - wrote on 12/23/2007
Unfortunately, I didn't get this Resnais film. I hope to rewatch it and understand it more. I really wanted to like this film.
Full Movie Reviews
The Best Film of its Kind
SIngli6 - wrote on 03/20/2022
This labyrinthine obfuscation of a movie is as close to perfection as films get. Throughout all of its madness there is still a very clear sense of character development and discovery, and while there are myriad interpretations to just about every aspect of the film's baroque nonsense of a story, it doesn't feel exclusively designed for incoherence. It manages to be something malleable to the eyes of its beholders while seeming concrete to the individual beholder. This isn't a David Lynch film, where part of the fun is to just accept the meaning is unattainable. Here, the meaning is attainable and it is irrefutable, even if only for one person.
I for one firmly believe this is The Woman's story, and that the man is a dead lover from her last year at Marienbad who raped her before …
The Epitome of Modernist Cinema
cacb3995 - wrote on 07/19/2018
Famous for being einigmatic and dream-like, a movie were categories like time and space seem to be as superflous and unreliable as memory itself, Resnais’ has been considered the quintessential example of modernist cinema. The film takes place in a baroque hotel during a high society event. The guests are all socialites and take part in games of cards, shooting as sport and small plays. In the midst of all these bourgeoise activities a mysterious man approaches a woman – whose husband is busy winning at a card game each time – and he tells her how both of them had met a year before. The woman of course has no recollection of this. The man proceeds to tell his story multiple times, each time with some sort of variation that completely changes the event dramatically, and by the end …
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