Bresson’s achingly moving and extensively detailed account of the last day in the life of a loveless, abused and humiliated 14-year-old peasant girl (the extraordinary Nadine Nortier, in her only screen appearance). A malaise of distilled passion and wasted youth, this rigorous and often ruthless dissection of social mores has been a massive influence on the work of the Dardenne brothers, Maurice Pialat and many others. Adapted from the novel by Georges Bernanos (Diary of a Country Priest) and starkly shot by the great Ghislain Cloquet.
Also screening on Wed 1 March
Une Femme Douce (1969) –Wed 1 Mar, 7pm
Mouchette (1967) – Wed 1 Mar, 8.45pm
Les Anges du Peche (1943) – Wed 8 Mar, 7pm
Au Hasard Balthazar (1966) – Wed 8 Mar, 8.45pm
Pickpocket (1959) – Wed 15 Mar, 7pm
Diary of a Country Priest (1951) – Wed 15 Mar, 8.30pm
Although Robert Bresson (1901–99) made only 13 features over 40 years, there is perhaps no other body of work in cinema history more marked by a director’s personality, sensibility or style...
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