Une Femme Douce (A Gentle Woman) (1969)
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Critic Reviews for Une Femme Douce (A Gentle Woman)
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.
Bresson's style has never looked more majestically plain or more classically balanced. and the whole film has an immense quietness.
Audience Reviews for Une Femme Douce (A Gentle Woman)
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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