Ma Nuit Chez Maud
My Night at Maud's
Directed by Eric Rohmer
I have been away from this blog for a little bit, so I apologize. My birthday was a few days ago and I have also been extremely busy doing physical therapy for my leg and then moping about the pain afterward (which takes almost as much energy!). Anyway, I am back for now so let's crank these out.
I watched about twenty minutes of this movie before realizing that I hadn't taken in a word. Being the diligent blogger that I am, I restarted the film. I am so pleased that I did, because this really is a fantastic movie.
Strictly Catholic Jean-Louis runs into an old friend, Vidal, who takes him to his lover's house. For the duration of the film, the three of them discuss philosophy, religion, and love. When Vidal leaves, however, Jean-Louis struggles to decide what he wants to do with Maud, particularly because he is already in love with someone else.
I absolutely love discussions about philosophy and religion (though not when someone just posts a bunch of random scripture in the comments sections; ahem). I know I don't sound half as eloquent as the characters in this film, but I still have a lot of fun listening to new ideas about the way the world works. So this was an entertaining film for me, although I can see how it might not be everyone's cup of tea.
I don't do spoilers on this site, but I will say that I loved the struggle that Jean-Louis went through. Is it better to regret doing something or to regret not doing something? Should we ask for permission or forgiveness?
Definitely a film I would recommend to people who love good dialogue!
There seem to be two English titles for this film: "My Night at Maud's" or "My Night with Maud". I am in no way fluent in French (though sometimes I pretend to be) but isn't the first title more accurate since it "chez Maud" and not "avec Maud"? Thoughts?
Third of Eric Rohmer's Six Moral Tales.