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The Bakery Girl of Monceau
Directed by Eric Rohmer • 1963 • France
Starring Barbet Schroeder, Michèle Girardon, Claudine Soubrier
Delicate and jazzy, THE BAKERY GIRL OF MONCEAU, the first entry in the Six Moral Tales series, evinces stirrings of what would become the Eric Rohmer style: unfussy naturalistic shooting, ironic first-person voice-over, and an “unknowable” woman. A law student (played by producer and future director Barbet Schroeder) with a roving eye and a large appetite stuffs himself with sugary pastries daily in order to gain the affection of a pretty brunette who works in a quaint Paris bakery. But is he truly interested, or is she just a sweet diversion?