This superb film is one of the most moving examples not only of the genuine spiritual quality of Bresson's work, but also of the unique beauty of the amazing 'flat' images that Bresson created with a 50mm lens. The first scene alone, with the two rival men spying on each other, is worth the price of the cassette. But there is so much more to come.
This film has a lovely naturalistic surface feel to it, but as with all of Bresson's work, we are really watching a supernatural reality. As the unhappy story of the poor, teenage, village girl,Mouchette, unfolds, this naturalism becommes more and more haunted by the energy of the dark spiritual condition of the people that surround her. This condition is as horrid and nightmarish as a Bosch painting of hell, but of course Bresson never uses anything other than the most ordinary naturalistic images. This dark environment drives Mouchette to the point where she chooses to take her own life. But the extended scene of Mouchette's suicide is, by the simplest of means, made so incredibly moving and disarming in its innocence that, even if you can not make sense of it, you can not fail to feel that you have witnessed a spiritual event. No one but Robert Bresson could have achieved this. Please, even if you do not like my review, watch this film by one of the few true geniuses of cinematic art.