In the brilliantly accomplished centerpiece of Rohmer’s Moral Tales series, Jean-Louis Trintignant plays Jean-Louis, a pious Catholic engineer who unwittingly spends the night at the apartment of the bold, brunette divorcée Maud, where his rigid ethical standards are challenged.
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Without seemingly lifting a finger, this film covers a whole gamut of life: faith, sex, contradictions, lies and so on - and yet the power lies in the rapier precise script so ably performed by this quartet around the square of four partly interconnected lives. You need to catch it in the right (receptive) mood but it's a gem of human truths underlined by Rohmer's understated wisdom.
It's hard to explain Rohmer's to friends cause you can't even begin what his movies' are exactly about in words. Well, you can put a plain plot in words or blatantly pointing his every bizzare conversations. But they would go, "Meh.' So, i just straight up and idiotically say, "Just watch it and you'll understand..." There should be a special language to his.
Effortless & engaging meditation by Rohmer on the hypocrisies of morality. Can morality exist without hypocrisy, or should one be content to simply enjoy life for what it is without trying to bend existence to fit a series of abstract principles? The film is at its best during the night in question; dialogues on Pascal, religion, sex, death, love & marriage; aching truths revealed in the most natural & affecting way.
Maud may just be my favorite female character in any film. She reminds me of Socrates, as she taunts others into revealing information about themselves that they themselves are unaware of. In short, she knows that she knows nothing. The result is a critical comedy about those who hide behind contradictory actions and beliefs. In general, this is one of the best dialogue driven film I have ever seen.
I am not going to get any sleep tonight. For tonight, My Night at Maud's found its place - or perhaps, more aptly, I found its place - alongside those rare, profound few; Werckmeister Harmonies... L'Avventura... Winter Light... Mouchette. Je ne sais quoi... je ne sais quoi.
One of the most fascinating and poignant studies of love, relationships, and emotional game-playing I've ever come across. Faith vs reason, attraction vs principles, love vs lust, etc. I need to see more Rohmer.
This is quite simply a film about meeting people by chance, yet told through an impossibly eloquent, savvy dialogue that not only engages the mind but enlightens the often mysterious act of intimacy, and how we tend to react when we're outsiders in the intimacy -and often complicity- of others.