Mouchette • 1h 21m
Directed by Robert Bresson • 1967 • France
Starring Nadine Nortier, Jean-Claude Guilbert, Marie Cardinal
Robert Bresson plumbs great reservoirs of feeling with MOUCHETTE, one of the most searing portraits of human desperation ever put on film. Faced with a dying mother, an absent, alcoholic father, and a baby brother in need of care, the teenage Mouchette seeks solace in nature and daily routine, a respite from her economic and pubescent turmoil. An essential work of French filmmaking, Bresson’s hugely empathetic drama elevates its trapped protagonist into one of the cinema’s great tragic figures.
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Recorded exclusively for the Criterion Collection in 2006, this commentary features film scholar Tony Rayns.
Au hasard Bresson
In 1966, German film critic Theodor Kotulla—who would go on to become one of the New German Cinema’s most uncompromising filmmakers—visited the set of Robert Bresson’s MOUCHETTE and created this half-hour documentary about the director. It won the 1967 German Film Award for best short documentary...
This 1967 installment of the cine-magazine series “Cinéma”’s “Travelling” segment, directed by Frederic Rossif, features on-set interviews with director Robert Bresson and MOUCHETTE cast members Nadine Nortier and Jean-Claude Guilbert, as well as behind-the-scenes footage of Bresson rehearsing wi...