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400 Ratings

The Life of the Dead

La vie des morts

Directed by Arnaud Desplechin
France, 1991


Arnaud Desplechin’s sophomore medium feature film already shows his concern about family as a center for his cinematic reflection, and reveal his mise en scène choices as well as his favorite actors’ troupe.

The Life of the Dead Directed by Arnaud Desplechin

Critics reviews

This thematic preoccupation is carried over from Desplechin’s fifty-minute The Life of the Dead (1991), which, for both its rarity and its painfully resonant command of mood, ranks among the highest priorities in the Film Society’s week-long Desplechin retro. A movie in mourning in which an extended family comes together after a suicide attempt, Life of the Dead originates signature images from the Desplechin to come.
March 08, 2016
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