The film is not merely about Jean-Louis’s self-deception or a sophomoric test of male self-control. Vidal then leaves and let the not-so puritan Trintignant alone with a Maud still chatting and lying in bed almost naked. Each examines the philosophical and moral conundrums surrounding love and … I loved the film because it narrated the … On the surface the two seem like narrative foils to one another, completely antithetical. Jean-Louis sits in one chair or another, or walks around the room. The picture earned two nominations for the Academy Awards in the "Best Foreign Language Film" and "Best Original Screenplay" categories. In opposition to the Jansenists, the Jesuits advocated actively pursuing a virtuous life to enable entry into heaven. I decided to go back to educate myself and look for those movies and those movements in movie history that changed the way we looked at cinema. Jean-Louis, a practicing Catholic, observes a young woman during the mass, and decides that he'll marry her. I should get that tattooed). Over and over again, Francoise was referred to as ‘the blond’, a reductive and generic way of describing the woman that Jean Louis fell in love with at first sight. Despite their differences, they find much more in common with each other on many levels than most couples do. The magic of the film is that it moves along with a charming lightness, telling its story, and never seeming overly cerebral or melodramatic; it makes us believe in and feel for its characters, even as we analyse and dissect their actions. He combines his intellectual interests with an intense examination of everyday life.”  At times I felt as if I was watching some sort of follow-up to The Idiot or Crime and Punishment. Jean-Louis resists, but decides to stay. He brings up Jean-Louis’ past, reminding him of his sensual nature and all the women he had seduced as a younger man. And while I think that he came to truly love Francoise after 5 years, I think in the beginning, he was equating his faith with romantic pursuit. ( Log Out /  That eponymous night with Maud is the kind of extended conversation that everyone has had, or will have. A date movie with a touch of class. I very much enjoyed Rahul Hamid’s analysis of the film. note . My Night at Maud's Message Board (click here). First published on Thu 22 Jul 2010 23.15 BST. Available for everyone, funded by readers. Most refreshing is the sight and sound of four characters who are articulate, interested, informed, educated, amused, vulnerable, totally free of epigrams and aware of their identities. After spotting the delicate Françoise at Mass, he vows to make her his wife, although … and he chooses Vidal and Maud to test his love (See how naughty I am? The story concerns a sanctimonious Catholic thirtysomething (Jean-Louis Trintignant) who finds himself having to stay the night with beautiful divorcee Maud (Françoise Fabian); she insists the snow means it's unsafe to drive home. But the paradox is such that he would have most likely never met and married Francoise without the intervention of Maud asking him to spend the night. In opposition to the Jansenists, the Jesuits advocated actively pursuing a virtuous life to enable entry into heaven. Eric Rohmer’s My Night at Maud’s reminded me of the later film My Dinner with Andre. He becomes the sandpaper against which Jean Louis can smooth his beliefs, causing him to release the prickliness of solitary faith and re-enter the world. As Jean Louis has said, he can still appreciate the good things in life, like wine and good food, and obviously the attention of a beautiful woman, but he has chosen not to make them the center of his life. My Night at Maud’s is the third part of a series of six films that make up Rohmer’s Moral Tales (contes moreaux), Each examines the philosophical and moral conundrums surrounding love and contemporary life. Maud says that she likes people who know what they want and turns away from him. Even if the chance that there is a God is extremely low, it is still better to bet on his existence and act accordingly. Elegance and eloquence may seem like strange words to use about this film that was photographed entirely in black and white in a French provincial city in the dreariness of winter (mostly in ordinary interior settings) and that concerns four seemingly commonplace people, none of whom renounces a throne or even possesses an inflammatory political ideology. Jean-Louis’ second suitor is Vidal, drawing him out from a self-described solitary life. I have written on a variety of topics from film theory to SEO optimization. Come into the garden, Maud, For the black bat, night, has flown, Come into the garden, Maud, I am here at the gate alone; And the woodbine spices are wafted abroad, And the musk of the rose is blown. Truffaut writes about the unoriginality of the high prestige, “tradition of quality” studio films made in France. Pascal was a Jansenist, a sect of French Catholicism that believed that salvation can only be achieved through God’s grace, that is predestined, regardless of our actions. The plot continues well after Christmas Eve and we see the consequences of Jean-Louis and Maud’s choices and the bittersweet tone continues, ending with a satisfying note of wistful regret and a rather painful irony. Jean-Louise pushes Maud away at first and then attempts to make a move on her. During dinner with Maud and Vidal, Jean-Louis claims not to be interested in casual affairs anymore, professing a strong Catholic faith and the desire to settle down and marry. She represents the romantic, fairy tale, and therefore, slightly unreal aspects of love. While other French New Wave films experimented with filming techniques and use of mis-en-scene, this film was doused with philosophy and new ways of thinking.’. Her unadorned intelligence, her sensual beauty, her frankness, her cruelty, her sexuality, she is the overt seducer, the siren song to a life of pleasure with little hope of eternity. She is the ultimate temptress for Jean Louis because she could satisfy him on so many different levels and yet, she is missing the quality that he is convinced that he needs: innocence. During his devotions he notices a blonde woman (Marie-Christine Barrault), but does not approach her. Each examines the philosophical and moral conundrums surrounding love and contemporary life.