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The Bakery Girl of Monceau (1963)
"La boulangère de Monceau" (original title)

Not Rated  |   |  Romance, Short  |  23 August 1996 (Japan)
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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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Young Man: Delicious. I could eat nothing but pastries.
Jacqueline: Me too.
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Like a practice film....
21 July 2011 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

This is a short film by Eric Rohmer--and the first of his six so-called 'Morality Tales'. Unlike some of his later films, this one seems much more like a typical French New Wave film--with its unusual camera work (looking more like an amateur film at times), use of natural settings and unusual style.

"The Bakery Girl of Monceau" begins with a young man noticing a pretty lady as he walked to college. He's interested in her but they don't know each other at all--and he's working up the courage to talk to her. Eventually, he bumps into her and they talk a bit. He asks her out for coffee but she declines--but tells him she'd be willing in the future. The problem, however, is that for some time he returns to his daily route and doesn't see her. Instead, however, he becomes interested in a girl who works in a bakery. What will become of this and will the original girl return?

While I know that many love Rohmer and New Wave films, this one seems like it's more a practice film than a finished product. It's incredibly mundane--to the point of almost being banal. Because of this, it's not for the casual viewer--and a film that is really impossible to rate.


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