Mouchette (1967)


Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5

France, 1967.  Argos Films, Parc Film.  Screenplay by Robert Bresson, based on the novel by .  Cinematography by .  Produced by .  Music by .  Production Design by .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by .  

Robert Bresson brings his simple-right-down-to-the-elements style to a tale of a young woman in unforgiving circumstances. Mouchette lives in a home with a callous father, an ailing mother and a baby sibling; when she goes to school she is dirty and unkempt, and when hands reach out to help she reacts with vitriol. In one central sequence, she is cornered in a barn by a shady groundskeeper with whom she actually has one of her few consensual encounters. Bresson does his usual marvelous job of appearing invisible, presenting images without making rash judgments on his characters, though just how non-sensationalist the film is could be debated (does being poor and ignored mean it is impossible for her to comb her hair?) It has some moments of memorable beauty, but how you react to it depends on how much this filmmaker means to you in the first place.

The Criterion Collection:  #363

Cannes Film Festival:  In Competition

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