Mouchette 

Drama | In Spanish with English subtitles | 135 minutes

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A riveting account based on writer-director Alfonso Cuarón’s early, middle-class life in Mexico in the early 1970s. The title refers to Colonia Roma, a neighborhood in Mexico City. The film describes the anguished role of Cleo, the household maid, Sofia, the wife, her husband Antonio, and their four young children. It’s a family that’s falling apart. Household events lead to many painful episodes: Antonio decides to go off to another life, Cleo becomes pregnant,  two of the children nearly drown at a beachside resort before being rescued by Cleo. They return to the home to find the bookshelves and bedroom stripped. Sofia and the children now face a hard life while Cleo bravely  carries on. 

Cast
Nadine Nortier (Mouchette) / Marie Cardinal (Mother) / Paul Hebert (Father) / Jean-Claude Guilbert (Arsène)
Why Stream This Film?
With amazing performances by non-actors, Swedish director Ingmar Bergman praised and loved the film. 
  • Rotten Tomatoes Score (Critics Consensus): 88%
Accolades
  • Cannes Film Festival: Winner, Best Director (Robert Bresson)
  • French Syndicate of Cinema Critics: Winner, Best Film
  • Italian National Syndicate of Film Journalists: Winner, Best Foreign Director (Robert Bresson)
MOUCHETTE provides boundless examples of cinema at its most sublime. In his angry yet compassionate denunciation of a rural society corrupting and undoing an unorthodox angel by self-interest, immorality, alcoholism and spiritual bankruptcy, Bresson conducts you to the heart of life’s paradox.
Wally Hammond

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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.
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