La Boulangère de Monceau (The Baker of Monceau)(The Girl at the Monceau Bakery) (2003)

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La Boulangere De Monceau (The Girl at the Monceau Bakery is the first of six short films that make up the Six Moral Tales series by French New Wave director Eric Rohmer. This 25-minute segment was shot in Paris with 16 mm black-and-white film. Barbet Schroeder (who also produced) plays a young university student who is initially attracted to a girl he sees on the street. While searching for her over several days, he makes frequent stops to a bakery. When he finally finds the girl and arranges a date, it conflicts with the date he has made with the bakery salesgirl. ~ Andrea LeVasseur, Rovi
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NR
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Art House & International , Drama , Romance
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Criterion Collection

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Critic Reviews for La Boulangère de Monceau (The Baker of Monceau)(The Girl at the Monceau Bakery)

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Contrasting the action with the young man's self-justifying narration, Rohmer binds the universal drama of love and lust to the specifics of one little corner of Paris.

Full Review… | September 18, 2016
New Yorker
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Audience Reviews for La Boulangère de Monceau (The Baker of Monceau)(The Girl at the Monceau Bakery)

Centering on a moderately unlikable law-school graduate looking to run into a girl he found attractive while walking down the street, The Bakery Girl of Monceau presents a series of moral choices that are left up to the audience to sort out, appropriate given the fact that it was one of a series dealing with morality. This feels very honest, as I'm sure this sort of scenario happens pretty regularly, and the naturalistic way Rohmer captures the goings-on contributes to this feeling of realism. Sidenote: Please don't litter. The main character throws his garbage in the street several times and this kind of behavior is unacceptable. Walk a few seconds out of your way and find a trash can. It's not that hard.

Reece Leonard
Reece Leonard

This disc is likely to be enjoyed by lovers of French cinema but others will likely find it too short and the production values a bit low. For myself, I found the two shorts amusing and somewhat charming while they lasted, with the dialogue compensating for lack of production (particularly the sound). The interview is long and not engaging, so I do not rate that. All-in-all, I find the quality of the material to be fine but there not to be enough of it to be worth a queue slot.

Robert Brogan
Robert Brogan

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½

The first of Rohmer's "Six Moral Tales," "The Baker of Monceau" is a breezy, ironic, first-person character study of a young, self-absorbed man in something he considers love--almost a comic French New Wave version of "Notes From Underground."

Davey Morrison Dillard
Davey Morrison Dillard

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