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Mademoiselle (1966)

In a French village, Manou is an Italian logger, virile, with a broad laugh. He can't say no to women's sexual invitations, and jealous villagers blame him for recent fires and a flood. He ... See full summary »

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Mademoiselle
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Manou
Keith Skinner ...
Bruno
Umberto Orsini ...
Antonio
Georges Aubert ...
René
Jane Beretta ...
Annette (as Jane Berretta)
Paul Barge ...
Young Policeman
Pierre Collet ...
Marcel
Gérard Darrieu ...
Boulet
Jean Gras ...
Roger
Gabriel Gobin ...
Police Sergeant
Rosine Luguet ...
Lisa
Antoine Marin ...
Armand
Georges Douking ...
The Priest
Jacques Monod ...
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In a French village, Manou is an Italian logger, virile, with a broad laugh. He can't say no to women's sexual invitations, and jealous villagers blame him for recent fires and a flood. He is innocent; the culprit is "Mademoiselle," town schoolmarm, a recent arrival admired by all, but sexually repressed and obsessed with Manou. She sets the first fire accidentally and throbs watching a shirtless Manou perform heroics. Subsequent catastrophes are no accident and express her mad passion for him. Also, after befriending Manou's son, she turns on the lad, making him miserable and raising his suspicions. Her designs, Manou's frank innocence, and the town's xenophobia mix explosively. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Jeanne Moreau dubbed her own voice in the English language version of the film. See more »

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Sexual Repression and Evil
27 March 2002 | by (Washington DC) – See all my reviews

Jeanne Moreau is simply brilliant in this role of a frustrated woman driven by madness to commit evil against the world. It has an ending that is wonderfully realistic and disturbing.

Jean Genet has created a world of simple people who are easily manipulated by a brilliant woman and their own fears and the results are predictable. Evil is here seen as not something grandiose and politically driven but as a simple everyday element of human nature.

The film's pace is wonderfully timed to draw you in to this strange little world that somehow feels normal. Somewhere in our subconscious mind, we know this place. I, for one, was not entirely shocked by the actions of any of the characters in this film. The evil that can result when people are not allowed either by religious authority or circumstance to express their natural sexual needs is here examined in gruesome detail.

See this film. It is brilliant.


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