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368 Ratings


Directed by Alain Resnais
France, Switzerland, 1977


Clive Langham spends one tormenting night in his bed suffering from health problems and thinking up a story based on his relatives. He is a bitter man and he shows, through flashbacks, how spiteful, conniving and treacherous his family is.

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Providence Directed by Alain Resnais

Awards & Festivals

César Awards

1978 | 7 wins including: Best Film

1978 | Nominee: Best Cinematography

Critics reviews

Like all of Resnais’ best work, this is shot through with purposeful and lyrical enigmas, but the family profile that emerges is warm and penetrating, recalling the haunted Tyrones in Long Day’s Journey Into Night rather than the pieces of an abstract puzzle. The superb performances and Miklos Rozsa’s sumptuous Hollywood-style score give the film’s conceit a moving monumentality and depth, and Resnais’ insights into the fiction-making process are mesmerizing and beautiful.
October 27, 2000
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