Cleveland International Film Festival } March 22 – April 1, 2023 } Playhouse Square

(Ma nuit chez Maud)

Year: 1969
Country: France
Run Time: 110 minutes


The fourth of Eric Rohmer's "Six Moral Tales," MY NIGHT AT MAUD'S is considered the centerpiece fo the series. All 6 closely interrelated films follow the same structure: a man committed to one woman is attracted to another; preoccupied with analyzing this thoughts about his behavior, he evades sexual intimacy with the second woman and returns to the first. The narrator of MY NIGHT AT MAUD'S is played by Jean-Louis Trintignant, giving his quintessential performance as an introspective, religious engineer in his early 30's. He works in the small, provincial town of Clermont-Ferrand, where Blaise Pascal was born in 1623. A loner, Jean-Louis frequently spots beautiful, blond Francoise (Marie-Christine Barrault) from his car as she rides her bike in the street. Love at first sight - deepening as their eyes meet in a Roman Catholic church. By chance, Jean-Louis meets his old friend, Vidal (Antoine Vitez), a philsophy professor and Marxist, and over coffee they debate Pascal's wager and matters of choice and chance. Vidal introduces Jean-Louis to Maud (Francoise Fabian), a fascinating, divorced doctor. Maud is beautiful but her teasing seduction of Jean-Louis fails despite their sharing a bed one snowy night. Though he marries his "destined" dream girl, Jean-Louis discovers an ironic twist to that fate, 5 years later. It's perfectly French and perfectly Rohmer.

"The marvelously candid, dramatically interlocking actos are rigorously literate. . .set off to highest advantage by the black-and-white, dark-and-snowy cinematography of Nestor Almendros. . .powerfully affecting." -Andrew Sarris, Village Voice

Eric Rohmer

Pierre Cottrell

Nestor Almendros

Principal Cast
Jean-Louis Trintignant, Francoise Fabian, Marie-Christine Barrault, Antione Vitez

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