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Year
1967
Runtime
81 min.
Director
Robert Bresson
Genre
Drama
Rating *
7.8
Votes *
4,134
Checks
2,333
Favs
281
Dislikes
24
Favs/checks
12.0% (1:8)
Favs/dislikes
12:1
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  1. iCheckFilms's avatar

    iCheckFilms

    Robert Bresson's characters are very very interesting. On the surface, they are just ordinary. But, once you let yourself get absorbed into the milieu, you may find them fascinating and haunting at the same time. One of my most favorite auteurs. 12 years 2 months ago
  2. Siskoid's avatar

    Siskoid

    I think Robert Bresson just isn't for me. Case in point, I had the same problems with Mouchette as I did with Pickpocket. On the one hand, Bresson's plots are meant to be depressingly realistic - he's basically filming people as they live, and isn't particularly interested in conventional structure, resolutions, etc. On the other, I find the acting completely unrealistic - a lot of dead faces delivering cold, unemotional dialog. And though I might respect his craft, I just can't help but find the approach and the result rather boring. Mouchette does pick up in the last act, mind. This is the story of a teenage girl forever outside society, hated by her school mates, knocked about by her father, tending to a dying mother, and then things get worse when she might have witnessed a murder in the woods. Mouchette is an unapproachable character constantly pushing back against the world, trying to escape its norms, cutting through the forest rather than using roads, being mean to people who are kind to her, and in the end, her final escape is a sort of unearned poetic moment marred by a noticeable loop shot. I dunno. It doesn't really work for me. Purely from a personal sensibility, I could also do without shots of animals being trapped or shot, then suffering on screen for the gods of cinema. So Bresson is off my list of must-sees. For now, anyway. 3 years 10 months ago
  3. UnEnfantPerdu's avatar

    UnEnfantPerdu

    Fascinating movie. Didn't have adequate subtitles in the version I saw but the cinematic language of Bresson still got through each scene in a beautiful and at the same time awful way. 9 years 9 months ago
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