The Fire Within (1963) - Plot Summary Poster


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  • Alain Leroy is having a course of treatment in a private hospital because of his problem with alcohol. Although he is constantly distressed, he leaves the hospital and tries to meet good old days' friends. None of them will be helpful, increasing Alain's distress.

  • Life has become unbearably painful for Alain who is in his early 30s. He once used alcohol to dull the pain. His estranged wife in New York has paid for a cure at a clinic in Versailles and sends an emissary, one of the many woman he has known, to see how Alain is. She sees only the surface as does his doctor, who says it's time for Alain to leave the clinic. He goes to Paris the next morning and has lunch with old friends, a rendezvous in a cafe and is invited to a dinner party. Will Alain make a connection that will change his mind about ending it all?

  • The Parisian Alain Leroy has been detoxified in a clinic in Versailles from his drinking problem. His estranged wife Dorothy lives in New York and Alain has a brief love affair with her friend Lydia, who has to return to New York. The needy and depressed Alain is declared healed by his doctor, but he has no motivation to continue to live. He travels to Paris and meets his old friends, acquaintances and lovers trying to find a reason to live.


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