Mouchette

Mouchette

DVD - 206 | French
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Publisher: [United States] : Criterion Collection, c206, p1967.
Edition: Widescreen.
ISBN: 9781934121122
1934121126
Characteristics: 1 DVD (81 min.) : sd., b&w ; 4 3/4 in.

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JCLMaggieS Mar 22, 2020

In such typical Catholic fashion, Bresson loves to dwell on the misery and futilely of life on earth but I will always think of you, Mouchette, with your careful, reserved joy playing bumper cars. Girlhood must be conquered, and Mouchette is its martyr, a defiant sacrificial lamb. ♥️

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1aa
Apr 18, 2019

The tone is rather still and quiet. The main character, Mouchette, is often a dislikeable girl, calling people shit, old and decrepit, and throwing mud and stones at her classmates. The acting is quite affected, or just plain bad acting. A large part of the film surrounds the conflict between a poacher and a gamekeeper. The scenes in the bar are odd: the barmaid just pours the men drinks that they don't even ask for. There is a little bit of mystery in every scene; the viewer must always be trying to figure out what is going on.

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Maoisdead
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.

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RoyalJellyIII
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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