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Memoirs of a Survivor 1981 18

111 mins United Kingdom

Julie Christie stars as 'D', a housewife trying to carry on after a cataclysmic war that has left society in a state of collapse, in an award-winning adaptation of Doris Lessing's famous dystopian novel. 'D' spends her time examining her relations with authority, with the marauding gangs of brutalised children who roam the streets, and with Emily, the traumatised, orphaned teenager who is delivered into her care.

This complex, haunting science-fiction feature screened in the Un Certain Regard section of the Cannes Film Festival in 1981.

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Featuring

Julie Christie

Christopher Guard

Leonie Mellinger

Genres

Science Fiction

Collection

Tomorrow's World Cannes Film Festival

Certificate

18

Released

1981

Country

United Kingdom

Language

English

Production company

Memorial Enterprises

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