Le Feu follet (A Time to Live and a Time to Die) (The Fire Within)
Le Feu follet (A Time to Live and a Time to Die) (The Fire Within) (1963)

Maurice Ronet plays an alcoholic writer, Alain Leroy, who is on the verge of suicide (his character is based on writer Jacques Rigaut, who killed himself in 1929). The psychiatrist assigned to Leroy is no help, advising his patient to seek… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: October 7, 1963
DVD Release Date: May 13, 2008
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Critic Score: 90% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Geoff Andrew
Time Out

Arguably the finest of Malle's early films.

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Don Druker
Chicago Reader

It's a penetrating study of a man at the end of his rope, and a searing re-creation of a social milieu.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

One of Louis Malle's finest early films.

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A.H. Weiler
New York Times

Highly introspective, often tenderly touching and sometimes tediously redundant.

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Dan Callahan
Slant Magazine

To be frank, Fire Within devastated me when I saw it in college, but the unrelieved ennui that struck me as scrupulously honest and brave then looks one-note and aimless to me now.

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Jon Fortgang

A lost classic.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

The film is a triumph of style. It is quiet and indicative. It doesn't explain a lot, but we understand a lot about it all the same.

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TV Guide

Generally regarded as Malle's best work.

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Tom Dawson

Darkly unsentimental yet admirably compassionate.

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Flixster Audience Score: 90% Flixster User Reviews
Stella Dallas
who could leave paris and all those women one has/hasn't fucked? oh the gorgeously shot ennui. extra star for la moreau and her opium den
Antonius Block
This a brilliant film, one of real substance, but be forewarned - the subject matter is a bit dark, and an air of melancholy pervades it. Maurice Ronet plays a… More
Tim Sigur
This is one of the most beautiful movies I have ever seen. I love the way it was shot and acted and the different things that it brought up really resonated for… More
Mike T.
A languid, contemplative film about the profound unhappiness of a suicidal man. Louis Malle's direction and Maurice Ronet's understated performance… More
Walter M.
[font=Century Gothic]Talky and episodic but refreshingly downbeat, "The Fire Within" starts with Alain(Maurice Ronet) staring at Lydia(Lena Skerla)… More