Film - Feature | March 5 | 7 p.m. | Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive
Imported 35mm Print
Renée Faure, Jany Holt, Louise Sylvie, Mila Parély,
Bressons visual elegance and uncompromising narrative style are already in evidence in his first feature film, lending calm to its passionate religious ambiguities. The script, written by Frances distinguished playwright and novelist Jean Giraudoux, follows a sophisticated young woman, Anne-Marie, into the closed world of a convent devoted to the rehabilitation of delinquent girls. At odds with the Mother Superior, she becomes attached to a rebellious girl, Thérèse, whose indifference to her ministrations drives concern into an obsession. Anne-Marie herself becomes delinquent; her personal regeneration progresses in parallel fashion to the girls rehabilitation. The patiently evoked details of convent life present ritual, discipline, and sometimes ruthlessness as the norm, not as eccentricity as in a film such as Pickpocket. And if the cameras eye is rarely idle, Bresson said, The knots which are tied and untied inside the characters give the film its movement, its real movement.
Free for Cal Student Film Pass holders | $7 BAMPFA members, UC Berkeley students | $8 UC Berkeley faculty, staff, retirees; non-UC Berkeley students, 65+, 18 & under, disabled persons | $12 General admission