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Mouchette

Robert Bresson

 
Mouchette (Criterion DVD)

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  • France
  • 1967
  • 78 minutes
  • Black and White
  • 1.66:1
  • French
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  • Spine #363

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.

Credits

DirectorRobert Bresson
Based on the novel byGeorges Bernanos
ScreenplayRobert Bresson
ProducerAnatole Dauman
CinematographyGhislain Cloquet
EditingRaymond Lamy
Set designerPierre Guffroy
Original music byJean Wiener
“Magnificat” byClaudio Monteverdi
ConductorR.P. Émile Martin
Costume designerOdette Le Barbenchon

Disc Features

  • New, restored high-definition digital transfer
  • Audio commentary by renowned film scholar, critic, and festival programmer Tony Rayns
  • Au hasard Bresson, a half-hour documentary about the director, including behind-the-scenes footage of Robert Bresson directing Mouchette
  • “Traveling,” a segment from the cine-magazine TV series Cinéma, featuring on-set interviews with Bresson and actors Nadine Nortier and Jean-Claude Guilbert
  • Original theatrical trailer, cut by Jean-Luc Godard
  • New and improved English subtitle translation
  • Plus: A new essay by writer Robert Polito

    New cover by Sarah Habibi

Film Essays

Mouchette: Girl, Interrupted

By Robert Polito January 16, 2007

“Between thought and expression”—as Lou Reed wrote in the Velvet Underground song “Some Kinda Love”—“lies a lifetime.”Mouchette, and maybe all Robert Bresson’s inexhaustible, majestic films, . . . Read more »

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Hands of Bresson

By :: kogonada June 17, 2014

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May 06, 2010

For its June issue, Sight & Sound has conducted a poll of fifty-one leading critics and writers, asking them to select the best, “most inspirational” books about film ever written. The . . . Read more »


Film Essays

Mouchette: Girl, Interrupted

By Robert Polito January 16, 2007

“Between thought and expression”—as Lou Reed wrote in the Velvet Underground song “Some Kinda Love”—“lies a lifetime.”Mouchette, and maybe all Robert Bresson’s inexhaustible, majestic films, . . . Read more »