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5.0 out of 5 stars A masterpiece from Robert Bresson, 29 Sep 2001
This review is from: Mouchette [VHS] (VHS Tape)
One of Bresson's two middle-period masterpieces (the other being Au Hasard Balthazar). Based on a Bernanos novel, this is a stunning portrait of a 14-year-old girl, living in rural poverty, who is rejected by the world, whether her family, her schoolmates, or the other villagers. The only person who shows any interest is a boy at the fairground, who brings about Mouchette's only smile of the film, until her father brusquely separates them. As in nearly all his films, Bresson uses non-professional actors ("models"), a very elliptical and sparse style, and particularly stunning monochrome photography. Dramas involving the other characters are going on beneath the surface, which only really emerge at a second viewing. Finally Mouchette finds a kind of redemption in the only way she can. A superlative film.
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Initial post: 15 Mar 2013 14:42:50 GMT
Thank you. I just started with Bresson so i pre-ordered the new BD version.

In reply to an earlier post on 16 Mar 2013 19:47:33 GMT
Alan Pavelin says:
Hope you like it, I've pre-ordered the new DVD of Au Hasard Balthazar which is probably Bresson's greatest.

In reply to an earlier post on 3 Dec 2013 23:38:35 GMT
The BD versions are postponed again for the 3rd or 4th time - i lost count - by Artificial Eye and that is really a shame because i asked them why and they don't even reply so i could not wait any longer and ordered through Amazon.UK the DVD versions. Mouchette cut the strings of my heart.

Posted on 1 Jul 2014 05:15:01 BDT
Last edited by the author on 1 Jul 2014 05:16:52 BDT
Film Buff says:
Yes, it's really an extraordinary film. I watched (and reviewed) it immediately after Au hasard Balthazar and was struck by how close they both relate to each other. Both the donkey and Mouchette negotiate the 7 Stations of the Cross and are Christ figures in the way they approach their redemption. It's extraordinary to me how Bresson depicts the tragedy of Mouchette with absolutely zero sentimentality and even underlines how she meets insults with insolence of her own - yet still the film is almost unbearably moving. The fairground scene is one of Bresson's greatest I feel. Note that the young man may appear to offer a chance of escape for the poor girl, but she approaches him at a shooting gallery - he is just as much a hunter as all the other male figures in this rural community! I guess for Bresson male patriarchy was a permanent fixture of social life that just won't ever be changed.

By the way, many thanks again for the Tree of Life review. I rewatched it 2 weeks ago and thought it was incredible. I have since bought To the Wonder and hope I won't be as disappointed with it as you were!

Regards.

In reply to an earlier post on 1 Jul 2014 08:08:48 BDT
Alan Pavelin says:
I wasn't disappointed, just found it a bit slight compared with Tree of Life, but it would still be excellent if from any other director.
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