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The Bakery Girl of Monceau (1963)

La boulangère de Monceau (original title)
Not Rated | | Romance, Short | 23 August 1996 (Japan)
A law student regularly visits a Paris bakery to flirt with a brunette employee.

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Early new wave effort from Rohmer which was the first of his six moral tales. It concerns a young man who approaches a girl in the street, but after several days without seeing her again, he becomes involved with the girl in the local bakery. Eventually he has to choose between them when he arranges dates with them on the same day. Written by David Gibson <djg6@ukc.ac.uk>

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La boulangère de Monceau is the first of Eric Rohmer's "Six Moral Tales". See more »

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Young Man: Delicious. I could eat nothing but pastries.
Jacqueline: Me too.
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Followed by My Night at Maud's (1969) See more »

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Believable characters and a strong sense of location
12 April 2005 | by (Vancouver, B.C.) – See all my reviews

The first film of Rohmer's Six Moral Tales, The Girl at the Monçeau Bakery, only twenty-three minutes in length, centers on the dilemma of a young man (Barbet Schroeder) forced to choose between women. The young man, a law student, is infatuated with Sylvie (Michele Girardon), a girl he sees walking on the street each morning and thinks about how to introduce himself. After making a brief connection, the girl suddenly disappears and he spends his days looking for her on the streets of Paris. His search takes him to a nearby bakery where he buys one cookie each day and begins to notice Jacqueline (Claudine Soubrier), the bakery counter girl.

She is shy and withdrawn but when she finally agrees to go out with him, the first woman reappears and he is faced with a choice between a girl he hardly knows but loves and a promising relationship with a girl that has taken to him. He arrives at his choice but it is done coldly and with little regard for the feelings of the rejected woman, rationalizing this by telling himself, "My choice had been above all, moral. One represented truth, the other a mistake, or that was how I saw it at the time." The film, though a first effort, offers believable characters and conveys a strong sense of location, providing a loving glimpse at Paris in the 60s.


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