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The Bakery Girl of Monceau (1963)

La boulangère de Monceau (original title)
Not Rated | | Short, Romance | 1963 (France)
A law student regularly visits a Paris bakery to flirt with a brunette employee.


Éric Rohmer




Complete credited cast:
Barbet Schroeder ... Young Man / Narrator
Claudine Soubrier ... Jacqueline
Michèle Girardon ... Sylvie


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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Short | Romance


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This film is part of the Criterion Collection, spine #343. See more »


[repeated line]
Young Man: Cookie.
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Followed by Suzanne's Career (1963) See more »

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Charming Romantic Short
30 December 2015 | by framptonhollisSee all my reviews

"The Bakery Girl of Monceau" is the first film in Eric Rohmer's great "Six Moral Tales" film series. While it doesn't match the excellence of later films in the series , it is still a great and charming short film that serves as a nice preview to what the film series would eventually become.

The film stars future filmmaker Barbet Schroeder (who went on to direct films such as "Maîtresse", "General Idi Amin Dada: A Self Portrait", and "Koko: A Talking Gorilla") as a young law student who seems to fall in love with a young woman at a bakery-but not really. It's kind of a complicated situation in a very simple yet somewhat complicate short film. Really, you have to experience it for yourself and you'll understand what I mean by it being utterly simple yet overly complex at the same time.

In the end, Rohmer offers us a charming, witty, and romantic short film that is definitely one of the best short films I've seen in a long time, even if it doesn't offer a lot to write a review about.

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1963 (France) See more »

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The Baker of Monceau See more »

Filming Locations:

Monceau, Paris 8, Paris, France See more »

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