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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 »

Director:

Robert Bresson

Writers:

Georges Bernanos (novel), Robert Bresson (scenario & adaptation and dialogue)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Nadine Nortier ... Mouchette
Jean-Claude Guilbert ... Arsène
Marie Cardinal 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
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Storyline

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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Drama

Certificate:

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Country:

France

Language:

French

Release Date:

12 March 1970 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Mouchette See more »

Filming Locations:

Apt, Vaucluse, France

Company Credits

Production Co:

Argos Films,Parc Film See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (video)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

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

Goofs

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

Connections

Referenced in Santa Susana (2007) See more »

Soundtracks

Magnificat
Written by Claudio Monteverdi
Performed by Les Chanteurs de St. Eustache
Conducted by R.P. Émile Martin
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A powerful, quiet and brilliant film
13 May 2016 | by davikubrickSee all my reviews

Bresson is known for heartbreaking films such as Au Hasard Balthazar but I believe he got the best of himself with this film. As most of Bresson, the film uses the characters hands and behavior to "explain" them. Mouchette's life is a tragedy: she suffers but yet she will not complain. She has no future, she is a lost person in the world. Even thought Bresson's style may seem too cold, it may be, but it is incredibly affective. Bresson made a film about a tragedy that is not just from this suffered and misunderstood young girl but of a lot of persons: wanting to be accepted but humiliation is what she receives as an answer. "Mouchette" is one of the most powerful films in cinema history, it is moving without being forced and one of the most well developed tragic characters from cinema.


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