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The Lorry (1977)

Le camion (original title)
In this most talky and personal of films, director Marguerite Duras and actor Gerard Depardieu do an on-camera read-through of a movie script. Occasionally, the director comments about the ... See full summary »

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Marguerite Duras
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Cast

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Marguerite Duras ... Elle
Gérard Depardieu ... Lui
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In this most talky and personal of films, director Marguerite Duras and actor Gerard Depardieu do an on-camera read-through of a movie script. Occasionally, the director comments about the characters or their motivations, and sometimes the actor does. That's all -- there is no action, there are no location shots, no one pretends to be anything else. The script itself tells about an encounter between a blank-slate of a woman hitchhiker, and a communist truck driver. As the reading progresses, Duras comments bitterly about the failed ideals of communism and the glorious revolution that will probably never happen.

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Country:

France

Language:

French

Release Date:

25 May 1977 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

The Truck See more »

Filming Locations:

La Hague, Manche, France

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Auditel, Cinéma 9 See more »
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Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Connections

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33 Veränderungen über einen Walzer von A. Diabelli op 120
Written by Ludwig van Beethoven
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Really boring
15 August 2019 | by HotToastyRagSee all my reviews

I know Marguerite Duras is famous, but The Lorry is one of the most boring movies I've ever sat through. I wonder if even her biggest fans enjoyed this one. Perhaps they did, since they got to pretend they were hanging out in her living room while she spitballed her next story idea.

When I tell you that nothing happens in this movie, it's actually true. For eighty minutes, Marguerite sits at a table in her home and talks about a movie she's going to make. Sometimes she reads aloud passages from the script and sometimes she just talks about her vision for what would happen. Sometimes the film cuts to exterior shots of the open road, since her would-be movie is about a hitchhiker in a truck. Sometimes there are long silences. Sometimes her one-person audience, Gérard Depardieu, asks a question. Sometimes he just sits there and turns the page of the script. If you have insomnia and sleeping pills don't work, put this movie on for ten minutes. It worked for me several times.


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