The Bakery Girl of Monceau ★★★★

I am shamefully new to the films of Eric Rohmer. I watched My Night at Maud's last year and it was love at first sight. The Bakery Girl of Monceau is my second Rohmer viewing experience, and I also loved it, though I'm struggling to think how to explain why. Like My Night at Maud's, nothing remarkable happens in The Bakery Girl. A somewhat desperate man (played by a very young Barbet Schroeder) pines after a girl he passes in the street. When she disappears, he replaces her with a young girl at a local bakery. He flirts with her relentlessly but does not follow through on his promises. There is something sickeningly truthful about The Bakery Girl, something that says a lot about the vast majority of young men. I found myself judging Schroeder's character rather harshly, then realised that I have been guilty in the past of similar demonstrations of manipulation and pathetic desperation. The Bakery Girl makes for addictive but uncomfortable viewing, dredging up memories I'd probably rather forget. I really enjoyed the way the film ends so abruptly. The story is over and so is the film. And so is this review.