Les Dames du Bois de Boulogne (Ladies of the Park)
Les Dames du Bois de Boulogne (Ladies of the Park) (1964)

Though this interesting film was among many responsible for the critical success of French autuer Robert Bresson, it was by no means a commercial success. Slightly different than his other films, director Bresson utilized the contrasty… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: March 11, 2003
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Critic Score: 100% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Tom Milne
Time Out

Sexuality takes precedence over salvation, but there is the same interiority, the same intensity, the same rigorous exclusion of all inessentials.

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Fernando F. Croce
CinePassion

The blend of flame and frost in Maria Casares' gaze is where Bresson and Cocteau really meet and meld

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Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

Bresson's treatment of the material has the marks of his later style, but it's also more overtly stylized than anything else he did later.

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Bosley Crowther
New York Times

It is slow, solemn, rigidly conventional and as stilted as a silent film, but it shows Bresson's early ability to catch sober and smoldering moods with his camera.

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TV Guide's Movie Guide

The performances by both Casares and Labourdette were strikingly captivating and were enough in themselves to carry the film.

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Dan Jardine
Apollo Guide

Elina Labourdette is wonderful as Agnès, conveying her character's ethical strength with real beauty within and without.

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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

Like much (if not all) of Bresson's best work, it can't be assimilated to realist criteria, but it's unforgettable for its fire-and-ice evocations of tragedy in an unlikely setting.

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Jake Euker
Filmcritic.com

The fact of Bresson's as yet undeveloped style, coupled with Cocteau's fearless lyricism, produces a one-of-a-kind film. It's irreproducible, a jewel.

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James Kendrick
Q Network Film Desk

Les Dames has moments of subtle power that suggest the direction Bresson's filmmaking aesthetic would eventually take; in fact, it was the last film he made in the traditional style before striking out completely on his own.

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Flixster Audience Score: 79% Flixster User Reviews
Stella Dallas
an interesting early bresson exercise in noir style. maria casares makes a stunningly vicious femme fatale tho i must say her former lover was naive to allow… More
G S
It was hard to get into and really difficult to stay focused, but it is definitely a film that makes it all work by the end. The last 15 minutes are excellent,… More
Eric Broome
Like 1950's "Les Enfants Terribles" (also scripted by Jean Cocteau), "Les Dames du Bois de Boulogne" is a tale of a spiteful shrew… More
Henrik Schunk
A haunting French film noire, which could easily be responsible for coining the phrase femme fatale. Maria Cesares is brilliant portrating the plotting spider… More
Walter M.
In "Les Dames du Bois de Boulogne," Jean(Paul Bernard) dumps his lover Helene(Maria Casares), having the termerity to not only be polite about it, but… More