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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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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 »

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Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Jean-Louis Trintignant's character is never called by name in the entire film. 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: There can't be real love unless it's shared. That's why I believe in a certain predestination.
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Talky, but engaging
2 July 2009 | by bandwSee all my reviews

This is a look at one man's working through love and lust while trying to adhere to his Catholicism. Pretty talky. The main character is an engineer and mathematician; Pascal comes into the conversations in several places, particularly in the context of "Pascal's Wager." Also, Jansenism is mentioned a couple of times (I had to look it up). This film may have the most meaning for Catholics.

The intellectualizing is presented in the context of ordinary conversations and interactions among intelligent people--I never felt that I was being preached at or assaulted with pithy comments coming from the overactive imagination of a screenwriter out to impress.

The performances are fine and the presence of the beautiful Françoise Fabian (as Maud) is a plus. There is a precision, yet poetry, in the black and white photography.

I think Rohmer took a page out of Truffaut's book for the final scene.


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