43 days
France, 1993

Production : INA

Programmed by Fabien David


A long interview between Marguerite Duras and Benoît Jacquot on the subject of writing and of solitude, in the house in the country where Marguerite Duras lived alone for several years ; the years in which she wrote "The Vice-Consul" and "Le Ravissement de Lol V. Stein".

Tënk's opinion

"What to do with the solitude I experienced in this house? That’s how it started, like a joke. Write, perhaps".
There are, as we know, "house-films", like some of the movies by Jean-Daniel Pollet and Jacques Doillon, or Manoel de Oliveira’s posthumous film. In its own way, "Écrire" is one of these films. In it, Benoît Jacquot asks Marguerite Duras about her relationship with the very place she writes, this house in Neauphle-le-Château so familiar to her readers, which Caroline Champetier films so gorgeously here. Intrinsically linked to the "essential solitude" in which and with which Duras wrote some of her books, and where she also shot her perhaps most beautiful films, this almost organic relationship to the house is particularly tangible in "Nathalie Granger" and "Le Camion" ("The Lorry"). Like "Le Camion", "Écrire" also became a book, just as beautiful as the film.

Fabien David
Programmer of Cinéma Le Bourguet in Forcalquier


Benoît Jacquot

Benoît Jacquot

Born in 1947, Benoît Jacquot began his career as assistant director to Bernard Borderie before working for Marguerite Duras, Marcel Carné and Roger Vadim. He started out in television before making mostly documentaries and adaptations of literary works – his first film, "The Musician Killer" brought a novel by Dostoevsky to the screen. As well as dramatising operas and adaptations of shows for the small screen, his documentaries include films about the psychoanalyst Jacques Lacan, the choreographer Merce Cunningham and the writer Marguerite Duras. In 2013, he was awarded three Cesars for "Les Adieux à la Reine" (Farewell, My Queen).