Dominique Sanda in Un Femme Douce (1969)
Dominique Sanda in Un Femme Douce (1969)
Une Femme Douce (1969)

The Melbourne Cinémathèque & ACMI present

Une Femme Douce

Robert Bresson | France | 1969 | Unclassified (15+)

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Wed 1 Mar 2023

A husband sits forlornly at the side of his wife’s (fashion model Dominique Sanda in her first film) corpse, looking back over the events leading to her suicide. This rarely screened but typically austere Bresson tragedy updates and augments Dostoevsky’s dark original short story ('A Gentle Creature') through its graceful and precise modernist style and coldly affective use of colour. Through an almost seamless alternation of past and present, Bresson creates a remote, starkly existential and coolly sensual portrait of the vagaries of contemporary existence.

Format: DCP
Language: French with English subtitles
Source: Park Circus
Runtime: 88 mins

Event duration

88 mins


Unclassified (15+)


Cinema 1, Level 2
ACMI, Fed Square

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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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