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Girl at the Monceau Bakery/Suzanne's Career (1963)

Cast: Barbet Schroeder, Barbet Schroeder, Michéle Girardon, more...
Director: Eric Rohmer, Eric Rohmer
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Rating: Not Rated
Studio: Fox Lorber
Genre: Drama, Foreign, France
Running Time: 78 min.
Languages: French
Subtitles: English
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La Boulangere De Monceau (The Girl at the Monceau Bakery is the first of six short films that make up the Six Moral Tales series by French New Wave director Eric Rohmer. This 25-minute segment was shot in Paris with 16 mm black-and-white film. Barbet Schroeder (who also produced) plays a young university student who is initially attracted to a girl he sees on the street. While searching for her over several days, he makes frequent stops to a bakery. When he finally finds the girl and arranges a date, it conflicts with the date he has made with the bakery salesgirl. ~ Andrea LeVasseur, All Movie Guide

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Nine Croissants, Please by JPielaszczyk October 15, 2003 - 2:35 PM PDT
5 out of 5 members found this review helpful
The Girl at the Monceau Bakery is a perfectly crafted postcard from someone in love with the Paris of the early 1960s. Though I never got there, these are the French women I longed to meet, and the pastries I longed to eat while walking those narrator-announced streets, plazas and metro station entrances, trying to figure out how to get a conversation going with one of those passing Parisiennes. Touches the human condition right on the funny bone. One guy to his pal: "She's ignoring us too completely not to have noticed us." Like Bach's "Preludes and Fugues," Monceau Bakery looks elementary but runs deep.

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(Average 7.50)
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