Short Takes (VI): "The Bakery Girl of Monceau"

The first of Eric Rohmer’s “six moral tales,” The Bakery Girl of Monceau (1962; 23 minutes) is a sour lemon drop of a movie, a seemingly blithe little comedy about a horny French student and the women after whom he lusts that ends with a bitter twist.  It would make a nice (short) double bill with Agnes Varda’s masterpiece Le Bonheur (1965) as French New Wave films about men for whom women are interchangeable placeholders, easily won, easily replaced.

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