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Robert Bresson directed this grim but moving story of a girl forced to grow up quickly due to the unfortunate circumstances which surround her. Mouchette (Nadine Nortier) is a fourteen year old girl living in a rural village in France; while it's the mid-1960's, in many respects her community looks as if it could still be World War II, or even the turn of the century, and a number of the men earn their living though poaching game. Mouchette's mother (Marie Cardinal) is slowly dying of an incurable illness, while her father (Paul Hebert) is a heavy drinker who shows little concern… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 86%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Everyday incidents take on an almost spiritual intensity in Bresson's controlled and incisive direction and handling of the players. Nadine Nortier has the animal ferocity and gentleness needed for the role."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"In artistically pointing up their lack of understanding and affection for Mouchette, Mr. Bresson never fully lets a viewer in on details that would help him appreciate them, too."
‑ A.H. Weiler, New York Times
"A work steeped in a profound sense of unfathomability, it's a perfect introduction to Bresson's utterly distinctive cinematic universe."
‑ , Total Film
"In "The Tree of Life," Jessica Chastain's character notes that one can go through life in one of two ways - with grace or by nature. If the doomed cleric in "Diary of a Country Priest" was the exemplar of grace, Mouchette represents nature..."
‑ Laura Clifford, Reeling Reviews
"In its brevity and phantasmagoric intensity, Georges Bernanos' Mouchette resembles a fairy tale. Robert Bresson's film adaptation of the novella is something else entirely."
‑ Matt Bailey, Not Coming to a Theater Near You
"A magnificent and deeply rewarding example of Bresson's stripped-down methods of cutting and framing, sound and dialogue, performance and movement."
‑ Wally Hammond, Time Out
"It's a remarkable film: dark, compressed, shattering."
‑ Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
"Mouchette is certainly sombre, but when the characters are finally released from suffering, they do achieve spiritual purity."
‑ , Empire Magazine
"Highly acclaimed (with awards from both Cannes and Venice in 1967), Bresson's adaptation of the 1937 Bernanos novel is a sombre study in alienation and quiet despair"
‑ Urban Cinefile Critics, Urban Cinefile
"To this day, this devastating portrait of an ostracized young girl's bleak emancipation from the society of predators that surrounds her remains one of the most exciting and continually rewarding films I've ever seen."
‑ John Thomason, Orlando Weekly
"Like any genius, Bresson made rules in order to break them."
‑ J. Hoberman, Village Voice
"A documentary fidelity underpins Robert Bresson's rigorous, though accessible, adaptation of Georges Bernanos's novel."
‑ Brian Baxter, Radio Times
"The exquisite balance of unadorned artistry and emotional intensity that defined Au Hasard Balthazar is less skillfully balanced here."
‑ Josh Larsen, LarsenOnFilm
"At the center of it all is lovely little Nortier, an untrained actress who never made another film, wearing her odd pigtails and giving a heartbreakingly wounded performance."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"This 81-minute ode is as good an introduction as any to the French director's work. In our MTV age, Bresson's films stand as a stark reminder of cinema's ascetic aesthetic."
‑ Thomas Delapa, Boulder Weekly
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