(Luc and Jean-Pierre Dardenne, 1999).
Pummeling, jagged, and extremely well-edited, the Dardenne brothers’ second feature put years of social-documentary experience in the service of a fiercely compelling and powerfully single-minded metaphor. Neither likeable nor ennobled, their teenage protagonist fights for a real job in this world the way others might struggle for their piece of eternity. The movie’s ugly-duckling heroine, her repeated routines and spiritual anguish, and the harsh clarity of the ending, suggest a Marxist remake of Bresson’s Mouchette.
Wed., May 27, 1:30 & 8:30 p.m., 2009