Muriel, or The Time of Return

Directed by Alain Resnais

Alain Resnais’s Muriel, or The Time of Return, the director’s follow-up to Last Year at Marienbad, is as radical a reflection on the nature of time and memory as its predecessor. The always luminous Delphine Seyrig stars as an antique shop owner and widow in Boulogne-sur-Mer, whose past comes back to haunt her when a former lover reenters her life. Meanwhile, her stepson is tormented by his own ghosts, related to his service in France’s recently ended war in Algeria. Featuring a multilayered script by Jean Cayrol and inventively edited to evoke its middle-class characters’ political and personal realities, the fragmented, emotionally powerful Muriel reminds viewers that the past is always present.


Muriel, or the Time of Return (Muriel, ou le temps d'un retour), France, 1963

Directed by Alain Resnais
Scenario by Jean Cayrol

With: Delphine Seyrig, Jean-Pierre Kérien


> Released July 19 by the Criterion Collection. More information here

Tuesday, August 23, 2016
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