Book - 2006 | French
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Teenaged Mouchette seeks solace in nature and daily routine as she takes care of her baby brother while her mother lies dying and her alcoholic father is absent.
Publisher: [New York] : Criterion Collection, [2006]
ISBN: 9781934121122
Branch Call Number: FIC Mouch
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (81 min.) : sd., b&w ; 4 3/4 in. --


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Aug 09, 2017

Based on a novel by George Bernanos, "Mouchette" is a sad, deceptively simple tale of a peasant girl whose misfortunes multiply and eventually lead her to an especially grim fate. As always, Bresson's visual austerity and utter absence of contrivance or sentimentality give this moving film a patina of solemn grace. Mouchette, as played by non-pro Nortier, is a victim whose pose of contempt for those around her masks a profound inner sorrow. A key scene at an amusement park--the girl's one joyous, carefree outing--is iconic and one of Bresson's most dizzying master strokes.

Sep 10, 2015

One of Bresson's less known works- yet it packs a harder punch than some of his others ( and that's saying something ). Bresson's style is austere and minimalist, and it is the viewer who must submit to his films ( not the director trying to please the audience ). No Bresson- no Dardenne Bros.

Froster Nov 29, 2014

I dunno. This feels dense, unleavened and rather hard to digest for a film that seems to be acknowledged as one of the "greats". The characters are archetypes rather than real characters, and the distance kept by the filmmaker tempers one's sympathy. It is also difficult to parse out "the plot" or even the relationships between the people involved. Also, the black and white cinematography, while expressive, seems designed primarily to scream "important" film. All in all, a disappointment, but it does seem a significant precursor to later "documentary style" directors like the Dardennes brothers.

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