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Mouchette (1967)

Not Rated | | Drama | 12 March 1970 (USA)
Mouchette is a young girl living in the country. Her mother is dying and her father does not take care of her. Mouchette remains silent in the face of the humiliations she undergoes. One ... See full summary »

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Mouchette's Father
Jean Vimenet ...
Mathieu - gamekeeper
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Liliane Princet ...
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Suzanne Huguenin ...
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Marine Trichet ...
Luisa
Raymonde Chabrun ...
Grocery Shop-owner
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Mouchette is a young girl living in the country. Her mother is dying and her father does not take care of her. Mouchette remains silent in the face of the humiliations she undergoes. One night in a wood, she meets Arsene, the village poacher, who thinks he has just killed the local policeman. He tries to use Mouchette to build an alibi. Written by Yepok

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1967 Prix Georges Méliès, and 1967-1968 Prix Inter-Club du Cinéma, both awarded in Paris. See more »

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(at around 1 min) The canteen changes position after being dropped. See more »

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Featured in To Each His Own Cinema (2007) See more »

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Song and Music for the Fairground
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Cathartic and powerful representation of the inevitable moral dilemmas and frustrations of life.
30 July 2013 | by (Suffolk, England) – See all my reviews

Until now Robert Bresson has been one of those classic directors who have failed to connect with me. With Au Hasard Balthazar and Pickpocket, I've found his style over-simplified, bland and plodding. While Balthazar didn't work for me at all, Pickpocket had moments where it showed potential but then it was quickly squandered and taken in a different direction. Here with Mouchette, his style is finally working. It's a film utterly drenched in sorrow and pain. Through the protagonists' squirming and rebelling from her struggles, her actions are a catharsis from the frustrations of life and when she's punished for them, it digs deep. Although the storytelling techniques are similar to the films I didn't care much for, what elevates Mouchette is the passionate performances and the crisp photography. While I do regret that it's so brief, Mouchette is a brilliant portrayal of a truly tragic figure that faces the hardships and inevitable moral dilemmas of life. I'm very glad Bresson has warmed up to me as he's got many films I'm really looking forward to, such as A Man Escaped and Lancelot du Lac.

8/10


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