- Rated: Not Rated
- Run Time: 1 hours, 21 minutes
- Video: Black & White
- Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
- Released: January 9, 2007
- Originally Released: 1966
- Label: Criterion
- Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic Widescreen - 1.85
- Aspect Ratio: Full Frame - 1.33
- Dolby Digital Mono 1.0 - French
- Subtitles - English - Optional
- Additional Release Material:
- Trailers: Theatrical Trailer
- Audio Commentary: Tony Ryans
- "Au Hasard Bresson"
Performers, Cast and Crew:
Total Film - 10/01/1999
"...A perfect introduction to Bresson's utterly distinctive cinematic universe..." -- 4 out of 5 stars
Premiere - 03/01/2007
"[A] remarkably direct and concise picture....Nadine Nortier is unforgettable in the title role..."
Film Comment - 03/01/2007
"[T]he darkly sublime MOUCHETTE is a partially heretical and a deeply moving work of art. Rigorously unsentimental, but not at all ruthless, it is a film of unsparing empathy."
Based on the novel by George Bernanos, Robert Bresson's MOUCHETTE tells the tragic story of a young girl whose existence is so empty that death seems preferable to her life. Mouchette (Nadine Nortier) lives in an isolated rural village with her alcoholic father and sick mother, where she is forced to do all the housework and take care of her infant brother. At school, the situation is just as horrendous, since Mouchette is mocked and ignored by her fellow students as well as her teacher. One night, after becoming lost in the woods during a rainstorm, she is discovered by Mr. Arsene (Jean-Claude Guilbert), an alcoholic, epileptic game poacher. Confused as to whether or not he has just murdered a man, Arsene convinces Mouchette to stay with him, giving him an alibi for the night. But when she tries to leave, he throws her to the floor and rapes her. As tragedies continue to pile up, she decides to take her life into her own hands. Bresson's spare dialogue and visual style, coupled with the naturalistic performances of his nonprofessional cast, make MOUCHETTE a subtle tour-de-force of the highest order.
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