My Night at Maud's

From French director Eric Rohmer, My Night at Maud's (1969) remains, to all eyes, the masterpiece in the middle of his "moral tales" cycle. Rohmerians do not need to be told, but for others, begin with this snowy eclogue pitting righteous piety against bohemian freedom, in a Clermont-Ferrand bedroom warmed by a single vivacious woman (who is not but is but isn't really, in Rohmer's world, the hero's best shot at happiness). Jean-Louis Trintignant plays the nice Catholic hero caught between lust and moral scruple. (NR) MICHAEL ATKINSON

June 19-25, 7 p.m., 2009

 
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