Moral Tales: The Bakery Girl of Monceau & Suzanne’s Career at Zebulon

Co-presented by the French Film and TV Office

This event will take place at Zebulon, located at 2478 Fletcher Dr, Los Angeles, CA 90039. Doors open at 7pm, show at 8pm.

After party with DJs Mark Wright and Jessica Hardy from Décadanse Soirée

The Bakery Girl of Monceau

A frustrated romantic of a law student is torn between Sylvie, a spectral art gallery assistant, and Jacqueline, a coarse bakery shopgirl. Rohmer finds ethereal, universal themes of lust within a few square blocks – summoning the power of cinema to render the everyday bustle of Paris a staging ground for an obsessive drama. The first Moral Tale is pure Nouvelle Vague: shot guerilla-style on 16mm in the back alleys of the 8th arrondissement, delectably local, and featuring narration by fellow film titan Bertrand Tavernier.

Dir. Éric Rohmer, 1963, digital presentation, 23 min.

Suzanne’s Career

Rohmer has a gift for spotlighting idiosyncratic behavior – the unpracticed snowflake-qualities of real people that are usually lost on-screen, beneath layers of dramatic training and self-awareness. In the Moral Tales’ second episode, Rohmer develops his effortless blend of a novelist’s diary-style storytelling with naturalistic, acutely observed, and often contradictory human behavior. The result is raw and funny, tripping loosely around the lives of middle-class college students in a vivid time capsule of Paris’s Latin Quarter in the early ’60s. The young unknowns who fill out Suzanne’s Career really seem like college freshmen; babies in grown-up bodies opting for ill-conceived romances and failing their classes with the charming self-absorption of teenagers.

Dir. Éric Rohmer 1963, digital presentation, 54 min.

Watch the Cinefamily original trailer!