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2,195 Ratings

My Night at Maud's

Ma nuit chez Maud

Directed by Éric Rohmer
France, 1969
Drama

Synopsis

In the brilliantly accomplished centerpiece of Rohmer’s Moral Tales series, Jean-Louis Trintignant plays Jean-Louis, a pious Catholic engineer who unwittingly spends the night at the apartment of the bold, brunette divorcée Maud, where his rigid ethical standards are challenged.

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My Night at Maud's Directed by Éric Rohmer

Awards & Festivals

Academy Awards

1971 | Nominee: Best Writing, Story and Screenplay Based on Factual Material or Material Not Previously Published or Produced

1970 | Nominee: Best Foreign Language Film

Viennale

2010

Critics reviews

The lengthy central scene, in which the discomfited engineer finds himself a wavering participant in a game of seduction in Maud’s apartment, is a Rohmerian tour-de-force, tracking passing thoughts and emotions with precision and using unorthodox editing rhythms to shift attention back and forth between dramatic values and a documentation of time and space.
December 14, 2016
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The fourth of the “six moral tales” directed by the oldest member of the Nouvelle Vague marks a shift in perspective and visual style from the third, La collectionneuse: filming in black and white, with a tighter script, here Rohmer not only demonstrates his natural talent for filming conversations, but also for representing them visually even when the characters aren’t speaking.
September 14, 2016
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The priest’s brief flirtation with the fetching divorcée Maud (Francoise Fabian) brings about his ultimate “moral” choice, a fascinating psychological mishmash of Catholic liturgy, Pascalian hypothesis, and Hitchcockian blonde/brunette dichotomy that’s all too often mistaken—at least in the West—for Rohmer’s own worldview.
September 13, 2016
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