• 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)



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