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The Bakery Girl of Monceau

CINÉMONDAYS WITH HARDIK

The Bakery Girl of Monceau

Dir. Eric Rohmer

(French)

[Short. 23 minutes]

The first of Eric Rohmer’s ‘Moral Tales’ follows a law student (played by Barbet Schroeder), his appetite, and mostly, his never-goes-dull narration. He has set his eyes upon a particular Sylvie (played by Michèle Girardon), whom he once saw walking down the street and now must have. No, not the titular bakery girl.

Our poor man! After once bumping into her on the street, Sylvie’s nowhere to find.

Well, our man could use a little distraction from working himself up on finding his Sylvie. So, he ends up in a bakery store, where he finds sweet cookies and pastries and the titular bakery girl––the reason why now he should visit the bakery on a regular basis.

The distraction has become a new attraction, or has it? Where does the morality need to be when our man ends up promising to meet both his women on the same date?

Find out in what at 23 minutes remains a brilliant introduction to the even more brilliant Eric Rohmer.

~ Hardik Yadav

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