Screened as part of NZIFF 2023

Paris Memories 2022

Revoir Paris

Directed by Alice Winocour Widescreen

Three months after surviving a terror attack in a Paris bistro, translator Mia retraces her steps in an effort to disentangle her fragmented memories of that traumatic night in Alice Winocur’s incisive portrait of survival.

Jul 20

ASB Waterfront Theatre

Jul 24

Rialto Cinemas Newmarket

Jul 25

Rialto Cinemas Newmarket

Aug 02

ASB Waterfront Theatre

France In French with English subtitles
105 minutes Colour / DCP


Director, Screenplay


Isabelle Madelaine
Ardavan Safaee and Emilie Tisné


Stéphane Fontaine


Julien Lacheray

Production Designer

Margaux Remauryand Florian Sanson

Costume Designer

Caroline Spieth


Virginie Efira
Benoît Magimel
Grégoire Colin
Maya Sansa
Amadou Mbow


Cannes (Directors’ Fortnight), Toronto 2022


Best Actress (Virginie Efire), César Awards 2023


In a performance that earned her the César Best Actress Award, Virginie Efira (Benedetta, Sibyl) plays Russian translator Mia as she attempts to piece together the night she survived a terror attack in a Paris bistro three months earlier. Retracing the events of that night, Mia speaks to other survivors and revisits the scene in an effort to disentangle her fractured memories. Her former life begins to unravel as she shuts out her husband Vincent (Grégoire Colin) and grows closer with injured Thomas (Benoît Magimel) and daughter of a killed couple, Félicia (Nastya Golubeva Carax), all the while struggling to track down the cook she hazily remembers hiding with during the attack.

Paris Memories was written and directed by Alice Winocour whose previous films have similarly concerned post-traumatic stress, including Augustine, Disorder, Proxima and co-writing the screenplay for Oscar-nominated drama Mustang. Drawing on her younger brother’s experiences as a survivor of the November 2015 Paris Bataclan attacks that killed more than 130 people, Winocour sensitively portrays the disorienting fragmentation of memory that follows a traumatic event and the way shock can continue to reverberate throughout a lifetime. – Amanda Jane Robinson

Paris Memories is a mystery movie, with Mia, like Guy Pearce’s character in Memento, following various leads and fractured memories to get to the truth. It’s also a story of emotional renewal, chronicling the phases of recovery that follow in the wake of a major catastrophe, with all the ups and downs that entails.” — Jordan Mintzer, Hollywood Reporter