Directed by Marguerite Duras • 1977 • France
Starring Delphine Seyrig, Noëlle Châtelet, Claudine Gabay
Marguerite Duras reunited with INDIA SONG collaborators Delphine Seyrig and composer Carlos d’Alessio for BAXTER, VERA BAXTER, a hypnotically unsettling journey into one woman’s existential emptiness. Ensconced in a sprawling rental villa, the world-weary Vera Baxter (Claudine Gabay) receives visits from two women, including a mysterious stranger (Seyrig) to whom she recounts a shocking story about her marriage, the way she lives, and the reasons for her malaise. Setting her languid images to d’Alessio’s incongruously breezy, endlessly looping score, Duras fashions a quietly shattering portrait of marriage as a kind of prison.