India Song

Duras' main protagonist is Anne-Marie Stretter (Seyrig), a bored consular wife in '30s India, and the film details the languorous desperation that drives her to suicide. But the formal approach to this subject is like nothing before in film history: the 'drama' is entirely aural (a play of off-screen voices blending with Carlos d'Alessio's utterly compulsive score), and the elegant visuals counterpoint it by creating an atmosphere of sumptuous enervation. Many will find it fascinating, not least because its sense of stifled anguish emerges without the least hint of aggression in the style.

Release details

Duration: 120 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Marguerite Duras
Screenwriter: Marguerite Duras
Cast: Delphine Seyrig
Michel Lonsdale
Mathieu Carrière
Claude Mann
Vernon Dobtcheff
Didier Flamand
Marguerite Duras
Benoît Jacquot
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