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244 Ratings


Directed by Tony Richardson
France, United Kingdom, 1966


Jean Genet wrote the script for this delectably depraved tale about a sadomasochistic schoolmistress (Jeanne Moreau) in a provincial French town who meets her match in a lustful, itinerant Italian labourer.

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Mademoiselle Directed by Tony Richardson

Awards & Festivals

BAFTA Awards

1968 | Winner: Best British Costume (B/W)

1968 | Nominee: Best British Cinematography (B/W)

What are people saying?

  • Wee Hunk's rating of the film Mademoiselle

    The things you do for love, that is if you happen to be an angel of CHAOS. I was just glad there was no slut shaming. "I know I got nothin' on you \ I know there's nothing to do \ When times go bad \ And you can't get enough \ Won't you lay me down in the tall grass \ And let me do my stuff"

  • This is Jake Kath's rating of the film Mademoiselle

    An gorgeously shot unsettling pastoral landscape drama that riffs on the amorality that flows in our sexual impulses! Jesus, Jeanne Moreau is a bad bitch! And yet, I couldn't help feel empathy for her sexual repression. Actually, for any character living that village. Not an easy movie to stomach but it does contain some of the most starling images I have ever seen! Definitely a new favorite!

  • Joel's rating of the film Mademoiselle

    This film is full of the Cinematography that I long for, each time I start a film I hope to see images as beautiful as contained in this nightmarish work. Is there a blu-ray? Can I make one?

  • Paolo Simeone's rating of the film Mademoiselle

    Through the lens of French wave you can see what at the very end is a nasty tale from a 50s sex flick from the US. But wait, the director is English, and indeed I'm very confused. Confused, but happy I've seen such an amazing, intense piece of art.

  • Matthew's rating of the film Mademoiselle

    Alright, so I loved this film. Some impressive visuals, including one truly amazing scene (the shadow scene, for those who know). My only problem was with the absolutely disgusting amount of animal cruelty. Tony Richardson must've been a man with no regard for other creatures. Other than that, thumbs up

  • rllr's rating of the film Mademoiselle

    A new film has crept into my top 20 list of favorite films of all time. How it looks, the way its acted (I went to sleep mumbling Jeanne Moreau is the best actress of all time), the way the story develops, the characters depicted, the doomed dynamics between man and woman and how conversations are kept to a bare minimum. Even more so: the things said are ALWAYS half-truths, wishes, projections or lies.

  • FISCHER's rating of the film Mademoiselle

    Rarement l'atmosphère torride et lourdement sexualisée de certains brûlants écrits de Jean Genet n'aura été aussi justement appréhendée par le cinématographe et sa problématique représentation, avec en prime une sublime Jeanne Moreau dans un extraordinaire rôle de garce ! Une oeuvre qui suinte d'une rageuse sensualité existentielle aux confins des ultimes dérèglements dionysiaques et panthéistes

  • C's rating of the film Mademoiselle

    Like Diary of a Chambermaid, a movie I felt so sickened by and was so uncomfortable and emotionally fucked up watching even though I was like in a lot of ways, there, with Moreau for most of it. Who wouldn't burn down a barn for love? (But! Not there for the animal poisoning and [spoilers] :( Lots of animal/child cruelty in this, and the egg crushing scene...I'm going to throw up).

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