“I will be happy when I have done something.”
Genres, Themes, Actors, and Directors:
The screenplay opens with Vincent arriving in a town (supposedly) riddled with plague:
… where he rescues an orphaned girl from the wrath of the masses. While we think the storyline will continue telling us about de Paul’s influence with the village, instead it shifts gears to show us how de Paul previously worked for the aristocracy:
… and is able to leverage their deep respect for him into sustained support for an ever-increasing swath of charitable organizations. Interestingly, de Paul’s most controversial move — i.e., the one which apparently pushed his donors and volunteers to the brink of their shared humanity — was caring for abandoned foundlings:
This is in diametrical opposition to the attitude held by most do-gooders today, with our strong belief that we must save all young lives — even unborn lives — at any cost. Perhaps most impressive about Cloche’s film is how authentically he shows us the manifestation of de Paul’s faith and humility in action: de Paul can’t not strive to make an even deeper impact on those most in need, ultimately at a cost to his own well-being. While little seems to have been written or discussed about Monsieur Vincent in recent years (and I’m unfamiliar more broadly with Cloche’s work), this film remains well worth a look.
Notable Performances, Qualities, and Moments: