Muriel, or The Time of Return

Muriel, or The Time of Return

Directed by Alain Resnais • 1963 • France

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.

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Muriel, or The Time of Return
  • Muriel, or The Time of Return

    Directed by Alain Resnais • 1963 • France

    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 wido...

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  • Une approche d’Alain Resnais, révolutionnaire discret

    In this excerpt from a 1980 television documentary about the work of Alain Resnais, directed by Michel Leclerc, writer Jean Cayrol discusses his collaboration with Resnais on MURIEL, OR THE TIME OF RETURN.

  • “L’invité du dimance”: Delphine Seyrig on MURIEL

    In this excerpt from a 1969 episode of the French television program “L’invité du dimanche,” actor Delphine Seyrig discusses her character in MURIEL, OR THE TIME OF RETURN and the differences between that film and her first collaboration with director Alain Resnais, LAST YEAR AT MARIENBAD.

  • “Discorama”: Hans Werner Henze on MURIEL, 1963

    In this excerpt from a 1963 episode of the French television program “Discorama,” composer Hans Werner Henze discusses his score for MURIEL, OR THE TIME OF RETURN, his relationship with director Alain Resnais, and the role of music in film.

  • François Thomas on MURIEL, OR THE TIME OF RETURN

    This interview with film scholar François Thomas was conducted in Paris in April 2016.

  • Muriel, or The Time of Return - Trailer

    Directed by Alain Resnais • 1963 • France

    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 wido...