Mouchette is a young teenager living in the tough country. Her mother is going to die, and her father does not take care of her. Mouchette does not manage to express her rebellion against ... See full summary »
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Mouchette is a young teenager living in the tough country. Her mother is going to die, and her father does not take care of her. Mouchette does not manage to express her rebellion against the humiliations she undergoes. One night, in the wood, she meets Arsene. Arsene is the poacher of the village. He thinks he has just killed Mathieu, the rural policeman. He tries to use Mouchette to build an alibi. Written by
It was rumored for years that the trailer for this film was by Jean-Luc Godard, and he has recently confirmed this by programming it in a self-curated retrospective of his work. The trailer is virtually a miniature essay on (or subversion of) the film, jarringly intercutting excerpts from it with a written commentary that calls it "Christian and sadistic". See more »
(at around 1 min) The canteen changes position after being dropped. See more »
A poor teenage girl, Mouchette, living in rural France, is immediately depicted as a tragic heroine: with a bed-ridden mother and an absent alcoholic father, Mouchette takes care of everything in the household, including her baby brother. She has no friends, and seems to live a purposeless life; even when she does want to escape her reality, and try to remind herself she's a kid, either people or circumstances violently throw her back into the harshness of a scary adult world. One night, her life will make things even worse, and, as the second part of the film flows in, Mouchette encounters a series of people who treat her all in different ways. Only at the very end of the movie, will she take action. Robert Bresson's eighth film contains typical trademarks of the director, like the frequent religious symbolisms found within the technical aspects of the film: they are located in the particularly attentive shots of the camera, but especially, in the clever use of sound : most of the film flows through a series of suffocating scenes that show Mouchette's every-day tasks, which unfold maintaining a painful silence in the background: God's silence. Only at the end of the movie is there music, a simple but effective expedient to highlight the sense of relief the protagonist should feel. Winner of the OCIC Award at the Cannes festival of 1967.
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