L'Opera Mouffe (Diary of a Pregnant Woman) (1958)





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A pregnant filmmaker takes us to rue Mouffetard, "la Mouffe," in the Latin Quarter of Paris for a mix of documentary footage and imagined scenes. Vignettes or chapters unfold - on the feeling of nature, on pregnancy, on anxiety, on desire, and so forth. Women shop at a vegetable market, their faces marked by care and poverty. We see young lovers, playful and innocent. Derelicts drink and sleep on sidewalks. A weary pregnant woman carries her shopping bags; later, she eats flowers. There are counterpoints of gritty realism and playful, near-surrealistic images. Political and artistic consciousnesses create a montage.
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Critic Reviews for L'Opera Mouffe (Diary of a Pregnant Woman)

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It satisfies as a snack, but not a meal.

Full Review… | March 17, 2015
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In this short, Varda take some candid street scenes, mixes in a few staged scenes, and organizes the images to a selection of brief Kurt Weill-influenced songs. It's less interesting than it sounds. The best part is right in the beginning, where we see Varda's own very pregnant bare stomach and then cut to a giant pumpkin being sliced open. The rest of it is rather unengaging, and feels kind of like something Maya Deren might do if she didn't have a huge stick up her ass.

Martin Teller
Martin Teller

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