Alain Resnais' Muriel (1963) is an absorbing portrait of a restless French culture, riven by both the memory of World War II and the recent defeat in Algeria. Delphine Seyrig plays a widowed antique dealer whose reunion with a former beau is complicated by the presence of both her unstable stepson and the old flame's new young lover. She's a fascinating mass of contradictionsa reckless, would-be bourgeoise, yearning for lost love and giddily propelled toward the future. (NR). LESLIE CAMHI.