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I wouldn't say it's mediocre. The production values are very high, and the direction and mise-en-scene (acknowledging the slight vagueness of the term) are very impressive. It's a good film, one elevated by the extraordinary talents of its director and other collaborators - but you're right that it's a very strange inclusion on the Cahiers list.
Though I suppose this helps make sense of it: http://www.sensesofcinema.com/2008/cteq/moonfleet/
It's on TSPDT top-1000 which is even stranger.
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This movie ranks #32 in Cahiers du Cinéma's 100 Films for an Ideal Cinematheque
This movie ranks #387 in Jonathan Rosenbaum's Essential Cinema
This movie ranks #498 in Cahiers du Cinéma's Annual Top 10 Lists
This movie ranks #561 in Sight & Sound's The Greatest Films of All Time
This movie ranks #801 in TSPDT's 1,000 Greatest Films