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Mouchette (1967)

Not Rated | | Drama | 12 March 1970 (USA)
A young girl living in the French countryside suffers constant indignities at the hand of alcoholism and her fellow man.


Robert Bresson


Georges Bernanos (novel), Robert Bresson (scenario & adaptation and dialogue)
7 wins & 2 nominations. See more awards »




Complete credited cast:
Nadine Nortier ... Mouchette
Jean-Claude Guilbert ... Arsène
Marie Cardinal ... Mouchette's Mother
Paul Hébert ... Mouchette's Father (as Paul Hebert)
Jean Vimenet Jean Vimenet ... Mathieu - gamekeeper
Marie Susini Marie Susini ... Mathieu's wife
Liliane Princet Liliane Princet ... Schoolteacher
Suzanne Huguenin Suzanne Huguenin ... Undertaker
Marine Trichet Marine Trichet ... Luisa
Raymonde Chabrun Raymonde Chabrun ... Grocery Shop-owner


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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Sublime, Pure, Magnificent
26 February 2004 | by mflammanSee all my reviews

Sublime film from Robert Bresson!

Actually it was my first encounter with Bresson's work, five or six weeks ago. I was so eager to see it...Bresson's films ("Mouchette" and "Au hasard Balthazar") haven't disappointed me- to see the least!

"Mouchette" is such a pure film, so sublime. So powerful. When I saw this film, it really blew me away totally. So overwhelming. But now, weeks after that experience (I saw that films more than once, btw) it's still beginning to gain more power and emotion.

"Mouchette" has such overwhelming, graceful, brilliant images, shots and scenes. The opening scene may be the best ever: brilliant and pure, it tells everything you will see in the next hour and twenty minutes. The use of the music, sublime sounds of Monteverdi, is unique, powerful and brilliant. No more than- what is it?- ten seconds or so it can be heard. The opening scene is so short...

That's the power of Bresson: images, sounds, scenes are presented in such a brilliant way. When we are beginning to be attached to them, other images and shots are already presented. As a viewer, you can't really be attached totally by them. That's way these images, shots, scenes will be in your mind long after the film: all things, all scenes and situations, and especially all emotions (if they are shown at all) are shown in actually too short a time, that you, as a viewer, will be forced to "finish" them. You are forced to locate the emotions not shown, to locate the situations and details which are only suggestively shown. Bresson's editing is just brilliant, bt it may take some time before you are aware of that.

Some of the most brilliant scenes ever are presented here: Mouchette, forced to go into church by her father; Mouchette's brilliantly and superbly simple introduction to the viewer. Most notable for me, besides the ending scene of course, is the scene with Mouchette in the dodgem cars, having her only small feelings of joy and relieve. The expressions and emotions shown in this really magnificent scene, maybe the best and most emotional I've ever witnessed, are to diverse to even describe them. Just watch this scene...

Nadine Nortier, playing Mouchette, blew me away with her magnificent acting. So pure, sublime, graceful and heartfelt. One of the most striking peaces of "acting" I've ever seen...!

This superb film will be in my mind for ever, just like "Au hasard Balthazar". Nobody, not even the best like Dreyer, Ozu, Bergman and Tarkovsky, can present stories, images and "emotions" in such a superbly simple, transcendental and pure way as Bresson.


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Release Date:

12 March 1970 (USA) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Apt, Vaucluse, France

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Argos Films, Parc Film See more »
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1.66 : 1
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