A truly memorable film about rebellion, poverty, and hopelessness... This is one of the most heartbreaking and dark films I've ever watched. The powerful performance from Nadine Nortier seems amplified by the somehow muted supporting characters, which creates tension and interesting dynamics combined with the slow-burning story. That ending...
The injustice of rich people thriving on the poor has never been better explored than this one about a troubled and despaired young girl coming-of-age. If one should show anyone a film about the unfairness of the life you are born into than this one should be anyone's first choice. Nadine Nortier never again graced our screens making the final moments of the film even more gruesome.
I'll be honest here! I had watched "Diary Of A Country Priest" in my early cinema watching days and always felt Bresson to be difficult. "Mouchette" today changed everything I had thought of Bresson. My heart is heavy now and I don't think I'll be able to get over this film for a long time. I think Bresson might be a new favourite.
Once lionized, Mouchette is less well-remembered today, which is a shame really. It's one of the great Bresson films, though also one of his most depressing, as a bedraggled teenager from a poor family drags herself around the countryside in torn clothing, abused by those around her. Bresson's themes of suffering and martyrdom are fully represented, and the performances from the non-actors are painfully realistic.
Obra maestra de Bresson. Escarba con sutileza en el universo infeliz y confuso de una joven atormentada por las circunstancias que vive. Como siempre en las películas de este director, hay detalles mínimos que transmiten emociones y la elevan a la categoría de referente.
Magistral. Ante un aparente relato básico, Bresson despliega un control pleno de los medios narrativos: un encuadre muy bien logrado con una fotografía impecable, el trabajo de actuación preciso y la música medida. Muy pocos diálogos, una tensión sin excesos y una conclusión obvia después de construir lo anterior. Un maestro de la talla de Bresson podría lograr eso a punta de ensayo y buena dirección de actores.
This is a direct, unflinching yet somehow otherworldly piece of cinema. To describe it as anything other than a filmic experience would take away from its power and Bresson's vision; it's like watching life unfold before your eyes. Everything is stripped back to its very core: acting, motions, noises, emotion. We are left with the cruelty of human nature right in front of us.