My Night At Maud's

  • 1969
  • Movie
  • GP
  • Drama, Romance

Tantalizingly witty, beautifully shot. The fourth of Eric Rohmer's "Six Moral Tales," MY NIGHT AT MAUD'S stars Jean-Louis Trintignant as Jean-Louis, a devout Catholic in love with Francoise (Marie-Christine Barrault), a pretty student he sees in church but is too shy to approach. When Jean-Louis runs into Vidal (Antoine Vitez), an old friend, Vidal invites...read more

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Tantalizingly witty, beautifully shot. The fourth of Eric Rohmer's "Six Moral Tales," MY NIGHT AT MAUD'S stars Jean-Louis Trintignant as Jean-Louis, a devout Catholic in love with Francoise (Marie-Christine Barrault), a pretty student he sees in church but is too shy to approach. When

Jean-Louis runs into Vidal (Antoine Vitez), an old friend, Vidal invites him to dinner at the home of his bohemian lover, Maud (Francoise Fabian). There, Maud, Vidal (a Marxist professor), and Jean-Louis become involved in a lively conversation about the philosophy of Pascal and freedom of choice.

In light of the bad snowstorm outside and the heavy drinking inside, Jean-Louis is persuaded to stay overnight at Maud's, but despite his hostess's advances does not make love to her. Later, he finally meets, and then marries, Francoise, only to find years later that she is the former mistress of

Maud's husband. As in all of Rohmer's films, there is little "action" in MY NIGHT AT MAUD'S, but there is a great deal of intelligent and fascinating conversation as the characters question, expose, and explain their motivations and feelings (hence the "morality" of the tale). In Jean-Louis's

case, his belief in premarital chastity is at issue. Photographed in black-and-white by Nestor Almendros, the film nicely captures the snowbound mood of the Christmas season, and the ensemble acting is excellent. The film was nominated for Best Foreign-Language Film and Best Original Screenplay

Oscars, and won the New York Film Critics Best Screenwriting award.

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