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  • Actors: Delphine Seyrig, Michael Lonsdale, Matthieu Carrière, Claude Mann, Vernon Dobtcheff
  • Directors: Marguerite Duras
  • Writers: Marguerite Duras
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Dolby, NTSC
  • Language: French
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: G (General Audience)
  • Studio: Roissy Film
  • DVD Release Date: September 4, 2009
  • Run Time: 120 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002MD2Z1K
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #100,508 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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A l'epoque de la mousson en Inde, l'evocation de la vie sentimentale d'Anne-Marie Stretter (Delphine Seyrig), femme de l'ambassadeur de France. India Song est l'histoire extraordinaire d'un amour vecu, dans les annees 30, dans une ville surpeuplee des bords du Gange.

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3.6 out of 5 stars
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Daryl Chin on November 8, 2009
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Perhaps Marguerite Duras's most enchanting film, certainly one of the great films in her career, INDIA SONG is an enchanted vision of the past. A woman is living in the colonial South Asia, where she is surrounded by an adoring band of young men; the Vice-Consul, an older man, falls desperately in love with her. What is striking about the film is that this story is told, but in the most elliptical way imaginable. The images show this elegant woman (played by the incomparable Delphine Seyrig) in various poses and tableaux with the young men (among them Claude Mann, Mathieu Carriere, and Didier Haudepin). The Vice-Consul (played by Michel Lonsdale) becomes more and more central until the climax of the film, when his anguish takes center stage. But the images are not tied to the soundtrack, which is filled with voices commenting on, describing, analyzing the story. And through it all, Carlos D'Alessio's music provides a powerful motivating force.

So the images and the soundtrack are not "in synch" but attempt to tell the story from a multitude of different angles. And this multivalent approach, done with supreme confidence and style, proves to be INDIA SONG's mesmerizing achievement.

Again, this is a Region 1 (USA/Canada) release of a French film, in French but with no subtitles. But enough of the film can be gleaned without a full understanding of the dialogue track.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Dr Marina Vamos on November 18, 2012
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A beautiful dreamy sad love story. The sound of the music stayed with me for days. I loved this years ago when I first saw it -and loved it again now
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I have been a fan of Delphine Seyrig ever since 'Last Year At Marienbad'. This is a great film from 1975. Thanks Amazon.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By jane austen on July 21, 2014
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The description said there were English subtitles--THERE ARE NO SUBTITLES. A dishonest sale.
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0 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Dr René Codoni on February 14, 2013
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India Song (Marguerite Duras, 1975, 120')

Written by Marguerite Duras (1914-96)
Cast: Delphine Seyrig, Michael Lonsdale, Mathieu Carrière, Claude Mann, Vernon Dobtcheff, Didier Flamand, Satasinh Manila, Marguerite Duras, Françoise Lebrun, Benoît Jacquot

Cannes (Out of Competition), New York, Cannes (Cannes Classics)

<<<Recounting the story of a Laotian-born beggar girl along the Ganges River who, at the age of 12, had embarked on a ten-year journey that would eventually take her from Burma to India in a desperate attempt to lose herself in the unfamiliar landscape, the elliptical narrative then abruptly shifts subjects within the threaded element of common geography as a tale of lost love is revealed between a devoted suitor named Michael Richardson (Claude Mann) who had followed his beloved, a socialite named Lola Valérie Stein, to India, only to lose her in death. Meanwhile, the sunset has been replaced by languid, fractured images of the interior of an uninhabited, elegantly appointed colonial-era home: a grand piano in an empty hall that is reinforced with the sound of a melancholic jazz piano tune; a shimmering evening ensemble laid across the floor as an off-screen narrator describes the pageantry of past soirées once hosted in the Tunisian city of Thala that had served to uncover the hidden desires of its aristocratic guests; the illumination of an ornate chandelier that is set against a conversation of an unseen light that became a harbinger for a monsoon in Calcutta; the imprecise memory of the aroma of flowers that is answered with the recollected odor of leprosy.
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