Films byTexts by André Delvaux
Article EN

Displacement in relation to language stands at the center of André Delvaux’s troubling and troubled Un soir, un train (1968) – so precisely and so relentlessly that even the disquiet created by the collision of disparate nouns in the poetic title (a time and a place/thing/vehicle, improbably yoked together like a chance meeting between a sewing machine and an umbrella on a dissecting table) arguably becomes lost or at least diluted in its English translation.

Article FR

La grande force, en effet, de L’homme au crâne rasé est de restituer objectivement une expérience intérieure, de nous faire voir le monde par les yeux de Govert et de nous montrer Govert en même temps – notre sensibilité arrivant même à se confondre avec la sienne et à un tel point dans la scène de l’autopsie qu’il n’est plus besoin de montrer le personnage, ni ce qu’il contemple pour nous faire partager son désarroi : il suffira de cadrer impassiblement quelques hommes qui s’affairent au-dessus d’un cercueil et une silhouette floue, derrière eux, qui les observe.

André Delvaux, 1983, 106’

An author tells the background of one of her novels to a young filmmaker. The love story of the novel and the passion between the two artists interwine in a magic realistic style.


Benvenuta is a film whose photography really struck me.”

Femme entre chien et loup
André Delvaux, 1979, 111’

In Antwerp during and after the Nazi occupation, a young woman, Lieve, is torn between her love for two men with opposite ideals: her Flemish nationalist husband Adriaan (Rutger Hauer), who goes off to fight with the German troops on the Eastern front, and a wounded French resistance

De terugkeer naar Brugge
André Delvaux, 1988, 110’

André Delvaux's final feature film, based on the novel L'oeuvre au noir (Het hermetisch zwart/The Abyss) by Belgian-born novelist Marguerite Yourcenar, tells the story of Zeno, a doctor and alchemist whose quest for knowledge takes him around 16th-century Europe.

André Delvaux, 1968, 86’

Mathias (Yves Montand) is a selfish professional who lives in Leuven with his wife Anne, who is more sensitive by nature. He rarely questions their relationship, which is clearly cracked. One evening, during a train journey, Anne mysteriously disappears.