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Adapted from a Georges Bernanos story, Mouchette describes the life and tribulations of a poor, barely mature peasant girl (played with sullen but affecting grace by non-professional Nadine Nortier), and remains a magnificent and deeply rewarding example of Bresson's stripped-down methods of cutting and framing, sound and dialogue, performance and movement. Mouchette's suffering has been read as religious parable, whereby her ostracism at school, the cruel neglect by her father, the insinuating glances of the villagers and her gruelling domestic duties stand for the Stations of the Cross. But whatever Bresson's spiritual intentions the film provides boundless examples of cinema at its most sublime. In his angry yet compassionate denunciation of a rural society corrupting and undoing an unorthodox angel by self-interest, immorality, alcoholism and spiritual bankruptcy, the director conducts you to the heart of life's paradox.

Release details

Rated: PG
Duration: 90 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Robert Bresson
Screenwriter: Robert Bresson
Cast: Marie Susini
Liliane Princet
Jean Vimenet
Nadine Nortier
Jean-Claude Guilbert
Marie Cardinal
Raymonde Chabrun
Paul H├ębert
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