Bresson depicts the utter malice than can lay behind a rural community to the abject meanness of poverty.
Asked to sing along in school, her voice was pretty until she hit the high notes and then she was ostracized by her teacher. What was there ever in her life to sing about? Altho at home, doing her chores her voice shines with sweetness
And her only moment of joy on the amusement park car flirting with possibly the only smile in her life, taken away in exchange for a night with a poacher.
It's amazing how her everyday face is a frown, except when she is tending to her dying mother when her face is beautifically transformed to absolute love and adoration.
And I don't believe Bresson asks you to feel sorry for her. He is just showing us.
Mouchette finally needs to confess something to her mother, possibly the only time she has asked for help or advice but at that moment , her mother dies.
That day, an old lady in town gives mouchette a shroud for her mother and a beautiful dress, the kind you might wear to confirmation or a baptism. She has had only had tattered rags and ill fitting clunky shoes all her life.
Altho my description may sound melodramatic, the movie is not.It doesn't try to play on your emotions.
The last scene is haunting and unforgettable.
This is a most beautiful movie.