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Leave the last dance for me!!!,
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This review is from: Mouchette [DVD] (1967) (DVD)
Bresson does it again and hurls his principle character from one nihilistic catastrophe to another. This time instead of a donkey the viewer is offered an adolescent girl. The consequences for this principle character are the same, however, and Bresson shows how human cruelty, loveless relationships, peer group pressure, hateful gossip and thoughtless prejudice converge to infect the life of a vulnerable child. As in most Bresson films the lack of overt dramatic devices and the austere acting produces, for me at least, an emotional response that seems to transcend the visual imagery and jaundiced dialogue. For instance Mouchette's encounter with the poacher is both tense and ambiguous and the ending is like being hit from behind with a baseball bat. Astounding.