Mouchette

  • Dir: Robert Bresson

  • France, 1967, 81min, DCP

  • Cast: Nadine Nortier, Jean-Claude Guilbert

Long considered one of Bresson’s best albeit bleakest films, once again based on a work by Georges Bernanos. Mouchette is a rural waif condemned by her surroundings: a sick mother, an alcoholic and abusive father, a household plagued by poverty and scorn and abuse from all whom she encounters. Still, she tries to be good, to help, to survive in a cruel world. Once again, for a Bresson heroine, redemption is both achingly close and impossibly far away.

1967 Cannes Film Festival, Special Distinction

1967 French Syndicate of Cinema Critics, Best Film

 

Further reading:
Filmmakers on Bresson – Wim Wenders, Robert Bresson by James Quandt (Toronto: Cinematheque Ontario, 1998)
Filmmakers on Bresson – Louis Malle, Robert Bresson by James Quandt (Toronto: Cinematheque Ontario, 1998)

Screening:

Note

1. Unless otherwise stated, all films (except English-speaking films) are subtitled in English.

2. Screenings at HK Science Museum: There is no URBTIX Outlet at the venue. Tickets are available at URBTIX till one hour prior to respective screenings. Door ticket counter opens 30 minutes before the screening. Limited tickets to non-sold out screenings will be available at the door, subject to availability (Cash Only).

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