Alain Resnais fuses art forms in new comedy at Berlin festival

BERLIN (Reuters) – At 91-years-old, veteran French filmmaker Alain Resnais shows no sign of letting up his experimentation, drawing on theatre, graphic illustration and cinema in his whimsical comedy “Life of Riley” that premiered at Berlin’s festival on Monday.

In his third adaptation of a play by Britain’s Alan Ayckbourn, the lives of three couples are shaken up by the news their good friend George Riley is ill and has just months to live.

The news rekindles old emotions, and the three women start fighting to look after George in his last weeks and accompany him on his last holiday, creating unexpected and tragicomic tumult in their middle-aged, respectable relationships.

Through George’s imminent death, they all seem to come alive. As Kathryn, played by Resnais’ wife Sabine Azéma, says – it is as if George, the invisible character around which all revolves, had a

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