Tag Archives: Alain Resnais
Muriel ou Le temps d’un retour / Muriel, or The Time of Return (1963) Alain Resnais, Delphine Seyrig, Jean-Pierre Kérien, Nita Klein, Drama
Hiroshima mon amour (1959) Alain Resnais, Emmanuelle Riva, Eiji Okada, Stella Dassas, Drama, Romance
Private Fears In Public Places / Coeurs (2006) Alain Resnais, Sabine Azéma, Isabelle Carré, Laura Morante, Drama, Romance
Seven lonely lives in Paris: a middle-aged estate agent who thinks a colleague is sending messages in video tapes she loans him; his co-worker whose Bible is close at hand in times of stress; her late-night charge, who’s an angry, nasty bedridden old man; his son, a patient bartender; the bartender’s best patron, an ex-soldier who’s lost his moorings while his fiancée looks for a large flat for them; and, the estate agent’s much younger sister, who answers ads in the personal and waits in cafés with a red flower pinned on her jacket. Will any connect? Can open hearts trump fears?
Three intertwined tales. On the eve of the First World War, Count Forbek starts to build a fantastic castle in the Ardennes forest. After the war he uses it to start a utopian society by brainwashing his friends, including his former fiancee, Livia, and her husband. In the present day, the castle is being used as an alternative school and, in the summer holidays, for an educational conference. At the conference, the American Nora Winkle bets Claudine that the ernest public school teacher Elisabeth Rousseau will be enticed into the bed of Robert Dufresne, even though the principal speaker, Walter Guarini, is obviously interested in Elisabeth. Meanwhile, the children staying at the castle over the holidays invent their own medieval tale about freeing prisoners from the dungeons.