The Bakery Girl of Monceau ★★★★

Take 1 of The Six Moral Tales and take 2 of me trying to get into Rohmer’s films (Le Rayon Vert just wasn’t doing it for me that day). I think this may have been a better place to start, if only because this time around I feel much more attuned to Rohmer’s fearlessness in indulging the worst in his characters without feeling the need to frame it as such. Dishonest romance is still tender, and what would serve as a climactic revelation in other films is simply another part of the day. Also, “Don’t your parents let you go out?” is definitely in the same family as “Your boyfriend doesn’t let you have friends?” on the list of heinous things men say.