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Bresson's first film in colour, a wonderfully lucid adaptation of Dostoievsky's enigmatic short story.
The usual language of critical praise seems beside the point in discussing Bresson, but please understand that I mean this to be a rave review.
Contemplative and not for all tastes.
Bresson's style has never looked more majestically plain or more classically balanced. and the whole film has an immense quietness.
A hauntingly simple film.
In Robert Bresson's first film in color, he updates an enigmatic Dostoyevsky short story of a woman's loveless marriage to a pawnbroker.
A strange sort of cold love with a few demonstrations of affection and tenderness. The "gentle woman" superficially seems to be passionate and innocent; the reveal of her character scares specially herself.
Based on Dostoevsky´s A Gentle Creature, "Une Femme Douce" begins with a suicide and shows a typical realtionship where an orphan poor girl marries the owner of a pawnshop. The characteristics of their relationship, the lack of conversation, the isolation of both characters, her attitudes towards him show a relationship where each one has a specific role: he is the provider, she is the "submitted" wife. At first, the angry and the revolt. Caught in a life she can´t stand, she thinks about killing him. Surprised, scared and ashamed, unable to suit up, she kills herself.
Like in "Lolita", all we have are the words of a hurted man that needs to tell the story to get off his guilty and, maybe, try to reconstruct that one who was his object of desire.
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