Mouchette's a young girl living in the country. Her mother's, dying and her father doesn't take care of her. Mouchette remains silent in the face of the humiliations she undergoes. One night, she meets Arsene, the village poacher, who thinks he's just killed the local 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 »
What will become of them without me? I can feel it in my breast. It's like a stone inside.
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Never before has cinema been this simple and honest. No one makes films with more emotion than Bresson and no one puts less emotion in their films than he. I could cite so many Bressonian cliches and talk of his uniquely personal style which by 1967 was firmly established, especially since he had abandoned the voice-over he used in the 50s. I will point out his use of sound and approach to acting which remain so distinctive and by now so familiar. There is nothing in Mouchette that is new, especially after Balthazar, what remains is the story of Mouchette, told with the utter grace and passion that makes this film a masterpiece that transcends technique, even cinema itself, and makes most cinema look frivolous in the process.
Finally I must mention the films ending, which I rank with that of Balthazar as the most beautiful I have seen.
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