The Bakery Girl of Monceau

1963 [FRENCH]

Romance

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IMDb Rating 7.3 10 4496

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Barbet Schroeder as Young Man / Narrator
Bertrand Tavernier as Young Man / Narrator
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211.61 MB
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French 2.0
NR
24 fps
12 hr 23 min
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392.82 MB
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French 2.0
NR
24 fps
12 hr 23 min
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Reviewed by Hitchcoc 7 / 10

Slice of Life

The first of "The Six Moral Tales" is taut and somewhat uneventful. Man is a selfish cad. Man falls in love from a distance but loses track of the young woman. His encounters with the bakery girl in question move toward an acknowledgment that second best is better than nothing. Hearts are broken and feelings hurt. The strength of the film is not in any recognizable plot but in the camera work of the alleyways of the setting. Everything is set in a kind of microcosm where all the principles are pushed together. It's almost as if there are no other streets in the city. The young man is so unlikeable and yet so driven as to continue to go to the little bakery and buy the same thing day after day, hoping to gain sight of his missing target. I agree with previous reviewers that this was probably practice for the great director. A little, inconsequential foray into serious filmmaking.

Reviewed by Horst_In_Translation 6 / 10

Nicely atmospheric and very French

"The Bakery Girl of Monceau" is a bit of a misleading title for this film by Eric Rohmer from over 50 years ago. The reason is that the main character is clearly a male and we watch how he has to decide between two women, a blonde and a brunette, and in the end he does not go for the bakery girl. It runs for slightly over 20 minutes and is one of these French atmospheric black-and-white films. I thought there is always some nice artistry to these and this one is no exception. I don't think it is an outstanding piece of filmmaking, but certainly worth a watch. The Iranian-born lead actor Barbet Schroeder also went on to become a successful director in the decades after this film and even scored an Oscar nomination. The two female actresses weren't as successful as Schroeder and Rohmer. One never appeared in another film, the other committed suicide still at a very young age. But they left us a memory here. I recommend this short film.

Reviewed by Quinoa1984 9 / 10

the first moral tale is decidedly one-sided, but full of the strengths of both Rohmer and the New Wave

Eric Rohmer's The Bakery Girl of Monceau isn't a very great film- the chief liability is Barbet Schroeder, the 'Young Man' as he's called, who isn't expressive much at all, almost stilted when he has to say his lines outside of the narration which is when he does fine- but it's one that has some very solid ideas about attachment to one who is more of an unknown, and possibly unattainable. Unlike My Night at Maud's, however, Rohmer doesn't infuse a religious context, but rather that of the anxious and romantic youth, of a guy who has nothing else to do outside of his minor class work than to find a possible one-true-love walking along a particular street of Paris. He waits all the time for a woman he was at first shy to introduce himself to, and doesn't see her. His habit of getting a cookie or two from the local bakery leads him to the bakery girl, a wide-eyed girl of (only!) 18, who doesn't go out with boys but may make an exception for the charming young man.

Meanwhile, Rohmer lays on the moral dilemma- or sort of a put-on of a moral dilemma, which actually makes it more interesting- of this character while making it a surprisingly cool film directorial-wise. As great as he can be with his dialog, until this I haven't taken Rohmer as too much on the scale of being AS great as a director (not bad at all, to be sure, though a slight peg less than his old buddies Truffaut and Godard). But with this small-scale story and totally on-location scenes, he has some striking moments in just showing the young man walking on the street- jump cuts, quite amazing even in such rough form- and in the bakery, where the slightest bits of a close-up or an image of a cookie dropping mark as something significant. There's even a moment or two when the young man is with his friend early on where the camera speed seems to come close to looking like a silent film.

At only 23 minutes long, this isn't a very complex little film, and it ends sort of at a 'that's that' kind of way, but it sets a very good precedent for the rest of the 'Moral tales' to follow. It's the kind of short I'd probably like to watch again if I have a half hour to kill in a random moment in the future.

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