Robert Bresson has been a most uncompromising film director in France and he wasn't ever identified with the Old Guard or The New Wave. Throughout the years, he has made his own kind of film, which is generally quite severe and casts out plot and uses non-actors. Bresson hasn't made that many films in his lengthy career, because he insists on making them his own way. Of his films, of which I haven't seen everything, I do think highly of "The Diary of a Country Priest" and "Au Hasard, Balthazar". "Mouchette", which I saw recently for the second time, is an extremely harsh study of a 14-year-old girl, who leads a horrible life and who, in the end, kills herself. Bresson doesn't offer any kind of hope along the way - her father is an alcoholic, her brother is becoming one, her mother is dying and there's a little baby who needs care. There's a nearly unbearable rape scene, which is set up in a strange way - the rapist seems to like this little girl and, in the end, she grabs onto what seems like affection. The suicide scene is also quite unforgettable - it involves three rolls down a roll and then finally into the water. The little girl isn't such a nice girl, either, but she's been warped by the wretchedness of her existence. It's a great film, I think, but it's not an easy one.