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The Long Absence

1961 [FRENCH]

Drama / Mystery

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Alida Valli as Thérèse Langlois
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903.24 MB
French 2.0
23.976 fps
1 hr 38 min
P/S 2 / 14
1.64 GB
French 2.0
23.976 fps
1 hr 38 min
P/S 8 / 40

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Reviewed by FilmCriticLalitRao10 / 10

Henri Colpi has directed an excellent masterpiece about companionship,life,loss of memory,obsession and war.

For many amateurs associated with cinema, a successful film need to be entertaining with too many sequences occurring with great speed. If such is the concept which defines 'cinema' and 'films' then it would not be incorrect to apply the concept of slowness to many films whose 'real action' come into being only when all the characters and their roles have been clearly defined. This is the case with "The Long Absence"/"Une Aussi Longue Absence" directed by Henri Colpi. Among its important awards one can mention two important recognitions-Palme d'Or award 1961 and Louis Delluc prize 1960.Nothing spectacular happens within the first thirty minutes of this film. However, what gets shown during this time duration has a direct bearing on this film's title. Henri Colpi has set his film during post 14th July ("Quatorze Juillet" parade) holiday season in a quiet Parisian suburb where very few cars can be seen on roads, people know each other quite well and meet regularly at the local bar to listen to music and radio while having a few drinks. This film's 'real action' takes shape when the woman bar owner meets a tramp. This meeting has fatal consequences for both people. For a film based on a real story involving people who lost their families and memories during the war, Italian actress Alida Valli is excellent in her role as the female bar owner who is too obsessed about the memory of her husband who was left to fend for himself during deportation. It is her immense love for her husband which persuades her to view the tramp as her late husband. Actor Georges Wilson portrays his role with utmost care to reveal a tramp who is conscientious to the core. He is the one who delineates himself as the master of his destiny in all situations whether it is about appearance, choice of music or dwelling. There are not so many films which feature mature themes like companionship, life, loss of memory, obsession and war. Henri Colpi's film is considered a classic as well as a masterpiece due to its perfect handling and treatment of these life affirming themes.

Reviewed by gizmomogwai8 / 10

Long absent from cinephiles' watchlists

A Long Absence tied with Luis Buñuel's Viridiana in winning the Palme d'Or at the 1961 Cannes Film Festival; despite this in the long run Viridiana has enjoyed a much easier staying power among the ranks of world film classics. A Long Absence is in many ways a "safer" film; less outrageous or daring than Viridiana, but it still hits a touching note that makes it easy to see why it struck a chord in its day. While arguably "safer", it also avoids a cheap tacked-on happy ending.

A Long Absence uses World War II as a backdrop and looks at a war widow and the story of the soldiers who lost their identity and fell through the cracks. We have a Tramp who the war widow believes is in fact her long-lost husband; he struggles with amnesia and she struggles to cure him. We've had stories of homeless Vietnam War veterans in later years; rarely have I come across stories of a homeless WWII veteran.

Despite the fact that I'd argue A Long Absence is "safe" in comparison to Viridiana (or other Palme d'Or-winners in later years),it's not totally an easy film; whether the Tramp is in fact the veteran is left to interpretation; the evidence is stacked in favour of that view but reasons for doubt are also given. Long Absence is worth a watch and possibly a small re-evaluation.

Reviewed by dbdumonteil8 / 10

Trois Petites Notes de Musique

Generally the simple name of Marguerite Duras makes me yawn my head off.But here,not at all.Released in 1960, this little gem has almost sunk into oblivion,and for good reasons : Henri Colpi was not part of the Nouvelle Vague and it was a curse when His Majesty Godard's reign began.

Hindsight displays the great charms of this movie: the subject is finally close to "Un long Dimanche de Fiançailles" ,Jeunet's extravaganza,but it's an intimate drama and much more moving.

During WW2,Thérèse (Alida Valli,the great Italian thespian,excellent as ever) lost her husband;he had been reported missing in Germany.In her small bistro,she is still waiting,waiting...One days she spots a tramp on the street (George Wilson).Might he be the one?Might he? A film about souvenirs,lost illusions,fear of loneliness,nostalgia,hope against hope,"Une aussi longue absence" is all this and more.Enhanced by George Delerue's (who else?)delicate score,which features the little song "Trois petites notes de Musique" (= three little music notes) , an infinite poetry emanates from Colpi's work.

In 1960,there was not only Truff' or God' in France!Please give the non nouvelle vague directors a chance!They were not out of breath either.

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