Robert Bresson (1966)

X Certificate


Our Score
A documentary fidelity underpins Robert Bresson's rigorous, though accessible, adaptation of Georges Bernanos's novel. Mouchette (Nadine Nortier) inhabits a world of spiritual and physical brutality. School and family offer nothing, and the comfort of strangers leads to rejected charity and rape, providing solace through cruelty. With sparse dialogue, this characteristically elliptical film never sentimentalises and contains Bresson's most lyrical sequence when, from a single act of generosity, Nortier relishes a dodgem ride, rebelling against her pious, alcoholic father and God. In the devastating climax, Nortier accepts her destiny, tumbling into a river and oblivion to the strains of Monteverdi's music; her final despairing act leaves us poleaxed in its compassionate power and beauty.

Cast & Crew

Mouchette Nadine Nortier
Mother Marie Cardinal
Father Paul Hébert
Mathieu Jean Vimenet
Arsène Jean-Claude Guilbert
Grocer Raymonde Chabrun
Director Robert Bresson
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Other Information

Language: French +subtitlesBlack and whiteTheatrical distributor: Contemporary Films LtdGuidance: Contains violence and a sex scene.Available on: video, DVD and Blu-ray