A bewildering study of memory and guilt

Alain Resnais’ early movies are obsessed with two things: memory, and baffling the audience. Muriel covers both bases.

In Boulogne, a woman is visited by a man who may have been her wartime lover. Her stepson, meanwhile, is fixated on a girl in whose murder he may be complicit.

Resnais’ erratic cutting bombards us with images, leaving us to ferret out the connections. Challenging – but rewarding. Includes a 36-page booklet.

Philip Kemp

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