The Fire Within

The Fire Within

Synopsis

Probably the finest of Malle's early films, this is a calmly objective but profoundly compassionate account of the last 24 hours in the life of a suicide. Maurice Ronet gives a remarkable, quietly assured performance as the alcoholic who, upon leaving a clinic, visits old friends in the hope that they will provide him with a reason to live. They don't, and Malle's achievement lies not only in his subtle but clear delineation of his protagonist's emotions but in his grasp of life's compromises. A small gem, polished to perfection by an unassuming professional.

Technical Specs

Director: Louis Malle
Year: 1963
Country: France
Language: French with English subtitles
Duration: 108 min
Alternate Title: A Time to Live and a Time to Die | Le Feu Follett