India Song

Dir: Marguerite Duras
Cast: Delphine Seyrig, Michael Lonsdale, Mathieu Carrière
120mins   1975   France   15   French    Subtitled    F-Rated

Part of French Film Festival 2023. Introduced by Martine Pierquin, Short Cuts Curator & University Liaison for the French Film Festival UK

Marguerite Duras’s most celebrated work is a mesmerising experience with few stylistic precedents in the history of cinema.

Within the insular walls of a lavish, decaying embassy in 1930s India, the French ambassador’s wife staves off ennui through affairs with multiple men – with the overpowering torpor broken only by a startling eruption of madness.