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My Night at Maud's (1969)

Ma nuit chez Maud (original title)
The rigid principles of a devout Catholic man are challenged during a one-night stay with Maud, a divorced woman with an outsize personality.

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Éric Rohmer

Writer:

Éric Rohmer
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Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 4 wins & 2 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Jean-Louis Trintignant ... Jean-Louis
Françoise Fabian ... Maud
Marie-Christine Barrault ... Françoise
Antoine Vitez ... Vidal
Léonide Kogan ... Concert Violinist
Guy Léger Guy Léger ... Priest (as Guy Leger)
Anne Dubot Anne Dubot ... Blonde Friend
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Storyline

Thirty-four year old engineer Jean-Louis has just started a new job in Clermont. He leads a relatively solitary life not knowing anyone in town besides his work colleagues, he who has made a conscious decision that they should not become his de facto friends just because they work together. His choice not to socialize in town is due also in part to his situation and needing to make the long daily commute to/from Ceyrat where he currently lives. He has had his fair share of women over the course of his adult life, he now choosing to adhere more closely to his Catholic beliefs in approaching romantic and sexual relationships with women solely in the goal of love and marriage. Although not knowing her or having talked to her, he believes the pretty blonde he sees at church at Sunday morning services is the woman destined to be his wife. Within this situation of his new life, he has lately been reading the writings of Blaise Pascal, the mixture of mathematics and Catholicism in particular... Written by Huggo

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

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Country:

France

Language:

French

Release Date:

22 March 1970 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Cinematic film debut for Marie-Christine Barrault. See more »

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When Trintignant accepts to climb into bed with Fabian, he motions for her to pass him the blanket, extending his right hand holding a lit cigarette. The next shot from the side shows him grasping the blanket with a cigarette-free right hand. See more »

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Jean-Louis: It's silly to make me rake up the past. My womanizing is over.
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Still fresh
21 September 2004 | by michelerealiniSee all my reviews

That's an intelligent film, provocative and still fresh despite it's 35 years old... This is the film which made Rohmer a worldwide known director in 1969. The beauty of "Ma nuit chez Maud" is that everything seems so natural, it seems that the camera captures situations which are not staged. It's like the camera is in a flat or in the street, and characters don't pay attention to it... Rohmer makes films as if they were documentaries!, that's an original and unique approach.

These are among the reasons, I think, for the freshness of the movie. Because the way people talk, cherish their own opinions and express emotions is something which still happens today in human relationships! The film contains exactly situations of the ordinary life -you don't see that movie and think "It's only a film!".

Good performance -as always- of Jean-Louis Trintignant and superb black and white cinematography by Nestor Almendros.


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