Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Sight & Sound Challenge: Mouchette (1967)

Film: Mouchette (123/250) 
First Time/Rewatch: First Time

Poor Mouchette. That's all I could say or think when watching this film, poor poor Mouchette. The world is pummeling her. She doesn't belong anywhere: not with her family, not at her school, and not with anyone in town. When she has a brief moment of fun and frivolity at a fair, it's noteworthy that the ride she chooses is the bumper cars. Even a fun diversion involves people driving cars into her. Everyone uses and abuses her, or else ignores her. She trudges through her life, barely reacting to her horrible treatment. Even her name means "little fly," and how long a lifespan do flies have, anyway? The power of film is that it opens our eyes to the stories of different people, especially the downtrodden that we might not give a second thought to otherwise. While tragic, this film celebrates people like Mouchette, if only to give her a voice for a short while. Poor Mouchette. 

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