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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.

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 ... 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'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 Yepok

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Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Trivia

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 »

Goofs

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

Quotes

[first lines]
Mouchette's Mother: What will become of them without me? I can feel it in my breast. It's like a stone inside.
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Connections

Referenced in The Road to Bresson (1984) See more »

Soundtracks

Song and Music for the Fairground
Written by Jean Wiener
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A genius at his most beautiful
18 December 2000 | by B Benton-2See all my reviews

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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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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