Alain Resnais’ most mature film to date, this demands some patience and attention from audiences. It is the tale of three days in the life of a refugee revolutionary (Yves Montand). He is Spanish but has been living in France since his childhood. He is part of a leftist group which still tries to control revolutionary forces in Spain.
This is a general tale of any sort of revolutionary in exile, even if written by a noted refugee Hispano writer. The point is made that any change has to come from within.
Ingrid Thulin has a luminous quality as the woman in Montand’s life. Another femme, Genevieve Bujold, shows fetching young beauty and poise. All the small roles are played with a deftness that keeps them from falling into stereotype.
Film is measured, and sometimes arbitrary in its refusal to allow its personages to relax into more familiar human beings. It is thus more a statement on a theme than a simple human tale. It succeeds on this level.