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Marguerite Duras - Écrire

Filmmaker : Benoît Jacquot France, 1993 PRODUCTION : INA

About this film


A long interview between Marguerite Duras and Benoît Jacquot on the subject of writing and solitude, in the country house in where Marguerite Duras lived alone for several years ; the years in which she wrote Le Vice-Consul and Le Ravissement de Lol V. Stein.

Only available in French

Tënk's opinion

"What to do with the solitude I experienced in this house? That’s how it started, like a joke. Write, perhaps."

There are, as we know, "house-films", like some of the movies by Jean-Daniel Pollet and Jacques Doillon, or Manoel de Oliveira’s posthumous film. In its own way, Écrire is one of these films. In it, Benoît Jacquot asks Marguerite Duras about her relationship with the very place she writes, this house in Neauphle-le-Château so familiar to her readers, which Caroline Champetier films so gorgeously here. Intrinsically linked to the "essential solitude" in which and with which Duras wrote some of her books, and where she also shot perhaps her most beautiful films, this almost organic relationship to the house is particularly tangible in Nathalie Granger and The Lorry. Like the latter, "Écrire" also became a book, just as beautiful as the film.

Fabien David
Programmer of Cinéma
Le Bourguet de Forcalquier


Benoît Jacquot

Born in 1947, Benoît Jacquot began his career as assistant director to Bernard Borderie before working for Marguerite Duras, Marcel Carné and Roger Vadim. He started out in television before making mostly documentaries and adaptations of literary works – his first film, The Musician Killer brought a novel by Dostoevsky to the screen. As well as dramatising operas and adaptations of shows for the small screen, his documentaries include films about the psychoanalyst Jacques Lacan, the choreographer Merce Cunningham and the writer Marguerite Duras. In 2013, he was awarded three Cesars for Farewell, My Queen.