About

On the eve of his 78th birthday, the ailing, alcoholic writer Clive Langham spends a painful and sleepless night mentally composing and recomposing scenes for a novel in which characters based on his own family are shaped by his fantasies and memories, alongside his caustic commentary on their behaviour.

7.9
19
Directed by

Alain Resnais

Written by

David Mercer (Screenplay)

Runtime

110 minutes

Country

United Kingdom, France, Switzerland

Language

English

Tagline

A Movie of Rare Intelligence

Cast

Keywords

husband wife relationship autopsy dysfunctional family father son relationship alcoholism author birthday party aging

Lists

#540 on 1,000 greatest films They Shoot Pictures, Don't They?