L'Immortelle (1963)

Genres - Avant-garde / Experimental  |   Sub-Genres - Surrealist Film  |   Run Time - 100 min.  |   Countries - France, Italy, Turkey  |  
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French avant-garde novelist Alain Robbe-Grillet, who previously wrote the screenplay for the ground-breaking L'Annee Derniere a Marienbad, made his directorial debut with this allegorical drama. A man known as N (Jacques Doniol-Valcroze) encounters L (Francoise Brion), a mysterious woman who may or may not be involved with M (Guido Celano), a Turk who kidnaps women and forces them into prostitution. N finds himself falling in love with L, who suddenly disappears. When she reemerges, N persuades L to join him for a vacation; as they drive out of town, one of her dogs dashes into the road. Swerving in a desperate effort to save the dog, N loses control of the car and L is killed. N becomes obsessed with the accident, for which he cannot forgive himself. L'Immortelle was nominated for the Golden Bear award at the 1963 Berlin Film Festival.

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accident, car, city, death, dog, driver, love, love-triangle, obsession, off-road, road, street, trip, Turkish [nationality], vacation