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India Song

Directed by Marguerite Duras
France, 1975
Drama, Romance


The wife of a disgraced French diplomat suffers from “leprosy of the soul,” another term for ennui. Through a mélange of off-screen gossip, we learn of Anne-Marie’s scandalous conduct in 1930s India and her eventual fate, engendered by boredom, colonial guilt, and a string of meaningless affairs.

Our take

Set in the colonialist homes of ‘30s India, renowned writer and filmmaker Marguerite Duras cast Delphine Seyrig as a diplomat’s wife haunted by imperialist guilt and the anguishing emptiness of opulence. Notably, the film eschews sync sound, advancing its narrative through various off-screen voices.

India Song Directed by Marguerite Duras
Spare, elegant, disjunctive, initially annoying and ultimately drop-dead beautiful, Marguerite Duras’s “India Song” (1975) was one of the great European art films of the post-art-film era.
April 15, 2020
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Gallic avant-gardists make great zombie movies. Rivette saw the screwball comedy of the bourgeois morts vivant in Celine and Julie Go Boating, Marguerite Duras sees a slow, aching valse in which the soundtrack goes its own way.
January 01, 2010
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Marguerite Duras creates a sensually abstract, languorously cadent, and hypnotically enigmatic exposition on longing, isolation, haunted memory, and obsolescence in India Song.
January 01, 2004
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