Directed by Marguerite Duras • 1977 • France
Starring Delphine Seyrig, Noëlle Châtelet, Claudine Gabay
“Baxter, Vera Baxter.” When she hears the name called out in a bar, a mysterious woman (Delphine Seyrig) finds herself drawn to its owner. During a visit to her sprawling villa, the stranger listens as Vera Baxter (Claudine Gabay) recounts her life—including the shocking secret behind her ineffectual marriage. Adapting her own then-unpublished novel, director Marguerite Duras fashions a mesmerizing, formally radical evocation of one woman’s existential emptiness.