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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 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 is a young girl living in the country. Her mother is dying and her father does not take care of her. Mouchette remains silent in the face of the humiliations she undergoes. One night in a wood, she meets Arsene, the village poacher, who thinks he has just killed the local policeman. He tries to use Mouchette to build an alibi. Written by Yepok

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Not Rated | See all certifications »

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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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Runtime:

| (video)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

1967 Prix Georges Méliès, and 1967-1968 Prix Inter-Club du Cinéma, both awarded in Paris. See more »

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

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Referenced in Au hasard Bresson (1967) See more »

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The humiliation of the innocents
23 April 2016 | by lreynaertSee all my reviews

This film, based on the novel by G. Bernanos, is a moving portrait of an outcast. Mouchette is a member of a poor family. Her mother is sick and her father survives only by poaching and smuggling. She is badly dressed and has no genuine footwear (a painted bird). She is continuously humiliated and insulted by other kids and by those who wield a certain power in the village, like her teacher or the 'Christian' bourgeoisie. Yet, she is the embodiment of real Christian virtues such as poverty and innocence. The purity of her feelings is beautifully illustrated in the sequence of the fair with its bumper cars. In her story 'That particular Summer', Marie Cardinal (who plays the mother in this movie) paints a far from hagiographic portrait of Bresson: an awkward, insufferable and callous man. Nevertheless, with his sober style, (apparently) without any passion and a far cry from big theatrical gestures, Robert Bresson created a really disturbing masterpiece. He stigmatizes in a fierce way the human community, which tramples mercilessly on the underprivileged. A must see.


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