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3,252 Ratings

The Fire Within

Le feu follet

Directed by Louis Malle
France, 1963


Writer Alain Leroy is having a course of treatment in a private hospital because of his problem with alcohol. After deciding to end his life, he leaves the hospital and spends the next twenty-four hours visiting his friends in Paris one last time. Will he find a reason to continue living?

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The Fire Within Directed by Louis Malle

Critics reviews

Malle’s film is much more an evocation of the feeling of hopeless dismay than a documentary recreation of its realities. Things flow much more abstrusely, and the narrative often seems to be operating just outside the functional limits of reality; at its most extreme it feels like the dream of a dying man, his consciousness floating off into the ether, reaching back down to the earth he’s leaving behind.
March 17, 2013
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When all is said and done, and all the cultural cross-references have been endlessly sifted, The Fire Within remains a very trivial film by a very presumptuous director. Malle’s self-pity here is even more boring than Fellini’s in 8 1/2 and his personal confession equally unsolicited.
February 27, 1964
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