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Muriel, or The Time of Return (1963)
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Muriel, or The Time of Return (1963)
Original name: Muriel, ou le Temps d'un retour
Genre: Drama
Country: France, Italy
Duration: 115 min.
Story: A chamber drama about a widow and her son who live in an antique shop in Boulogne. The widow invites a man whom she loved twenty-two years earlier to visit. Her son is haunted by Muriel, a young woman whose death he may have caused while serving as a soldier in Algeria. As in Resnais' earlier films, memory is deflected, fragmented, enshrined, and imagined.
Style: psychological, tense, thought provoking, touching, atmospheric, clever, offbeat, mind bending, gloomy, serious ...
Plot: obsession, tragic love, injustice, life is a bitch, love and romance, mystery, hopes, road not taken, haunted by the past, human nature, couples, one more chance, dishonesty, dealing with death, introspection, homecoming, lovers reunited, unfulfillment, mother son relationship, widow, casino, death, gambling, torture, racism ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, 1960s
Place: france, europe, algeria

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Last Year at Marienbad (1961)
Genre: Drama, Mystery
Country: France, Italy
Duration: 94 min.
Story: Takes place in a chateau, an ambiguous story of a man and a woman who may or may not have met last year at Marienbad.
Style: mind bending, psychological, surreal, atmospheric, realistic ...
Plot: chateau, hotel, mystery, obsession, amnesia, romance, haunted by the past, new wave, dishonesty, love affair, destiny, hopes ...
Time: 20th century, 60s
Place: france, europe
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The Green Room (1978)
Genre: Drama
Country: France
Duration: 94 min.
Story: Based on the Henry James short story "The Altar of the Dead", in which a man becomes obsessed with the many dead people in his life and builds a memorial to honor them. This film is also based on other short story by Henry James, "The ...
Style: psychological, contemplative, serious, realistic, atmospheric ...
Plot: death, tragic love, village, unfulfilled love, wartime life, fall in love, destructive relationship, obsession, village life, introspection, moral dilemma, haunted by the past ...
Time: 20s, 1920s
Place: france
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Jeanne Dielman, 23 Commerce Quay, 1080 Brussels (1975)
Genre: Drama
Country: Belgium, France
Duration: 202 min.
Story: A lonely widowed housewife does her daily chores, takes care of her apartment where she lives with her teenage son, and turns the occasional trick to make ends meet. Slowly, her ritualized daily routines begin to fall apart.
Style: serious, realistic, tense, touching, sentimental ...
Plot: mother son relationship, chores, widow, single mother, life is a bitch, family relations, couples, school, single parent, housewife, prostitute, son ...
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Place: europe, belgium, brussels belgium, brussels, france
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Irene (2009)
Genre: Drama
Country: France
Duration: 83 min.
Story: A video diary shot and recorded by the filmmaker, using little more than his imagination and the happenstance and flow of the everyday, finally layering in a lifetime of memories.
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Plot: introspection, couple relations, couples, love and romance, danger, filmmaking, artists and showbiz, unfulfillment, unfulfilled love, dealing with death, hopes, loss of loved one ...
Time: year 1972
Place: france, europe, paris france, lyon
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White Nights on the Pier (2014)
Genre: Drama
Country: France
Duration: 94 min.
Story: A man walks every night along the jetty. There he meets a young woman who is waiting for the man of her life. Over four nights, they discuss life and he gradually falls in love with her.
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Place: france, europe
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Cet amour-l? (2001)
Genre: Drama
Country: France
Duration: 100 min.
Story: Cet Amour-là is an intimate portrait of a legendary love affair. Set against the beauty of the Breton seaside, it is also a film that revels in the insights that Marguerite Duras' writing affords.
Style: emotional, psychological, sincere, sentimental, serious ...
Plot: soldier, lifestyle, love and romance, hopes, fall in love, couple relations, wartime life, destiny, couples, family relations, artists and showbiz, writer's life ...
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Red Desert (1964)
Genre: Drama
Country: Italy, France
Duration: 117 min.
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Country: Italy
Duration: 85 min.
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Country: France
Duration: 92 min.
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Country: France, Italy
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Country: France, Italy
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When the Night (2011)
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