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The Bakery Girl of Monceau

La boulangère de Monceau

Directed by Éric Rohmer
France, 1963
Short, Romance


In the first of Rohmer’s Moral Tales, a law student (Barbet Schroeder) with a roving eye and a large appetite stuffs himself full of sugar cookies and pastries daily in order to garner the attentions of the pretty brunette who works in a quaint Paris bakery.

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The Bakery Girl of Monceau Directed by Éric Rohmer

Critics reviews

In 23 breezy minutes, Rohmer establishes the series’ themes of obsession, misplaced desire, and vanity, presenting the moral dilemma as a matter equally concerned with the ego as it is with the belief in fate.
September 21, 2016
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Rohmer presents a breezy view of the neighborhood and a pensive view of his characters while musing, throughout, on higher matters, including his lifelong, quasi-metaphysical ideas—the intimation of chance as destiny, and the deferral of pleasure in hope of true love. The carnal brusqueness with which the young man casually paws Jacqueline suggests the raging fires that Rohmer aims to bank.
September 16, 2016
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