The woman’s picture gets the Duras treatment in this spare account of two female cohabitants and their assorted vexations. One (Lucia Bosé) has a daughter in primary school (Valerie Mascolo in the title role) whose teacher reports violent outbursts despite her passive demeanor at home. The other (Jeanne Moreau) greets news of a killer on the loose with the same indifference she directs at burning trash. Gérard Depardieu shows up as a door-to-door salesman who may in fact be peddling himself. Customarily placid but for surprising dashes of absurdism (“There is no telephone here, madame,” Moreau says into the receiver), Nathalie Granger is domestic melodrama as only Duras could pervert it.
Film ran Wednesday, October 15, 2014 - Saturday, October 18, 2014