(Muriel, ou le temps d’un retour)
Delphine Seyrig, Jean-Pierre Kérien, Nita Klein, Jean-Baptiste Thierrée,
Muriel is a bold and beautiful film. Resnais takes a very ordinary incident and out of the trivia of everyday anxieties creates a mosaic of memory and conscience, or what Susan Sontag called “an examination of the form of emotion.” Hélène (Delphine Seyrig) sells antique furniture out of her Boulogne apartment, where she lives hermetically surrounded by her memories and those of her stepson Bernard, who spends his days sorting evidence of French atrocities in Algeria collected on his tour of duty. Resnais presents the drama in a chain of intercut scenes—which is to say, horizontally connected, and always in the present.