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Mouchette

5

Robert Bresson's tale of a tragic teen

“Robert Bresson is French cinema as Dostoevsky is the Russian novel and Mozart is German music,” wrote Jean-Luc Godard, a statement more than borne out by these two mid-career masterworks.

The more accessible Mouchette sees a feral Nadine Nortier as a schoolgirl mired in tragedy (dying mum, alcoholic dad, brutal teacher).

Somehow even more harrowing is Au Hasard Balthazar, in which a browbeaten mule goes, Christ-like, from suffering to sainthood.

Neither will cheer you up; both will leave you wowed and wanting more.

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