L'Argent Reviews

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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader
Top Critic
March 5, 2013

Bresson, working his sound track as assiduously as his visuals, once again makes us realize how little use most films make of the resources of the cinema. A masterpiece.

Michael Atkinson
Village Voice
Top Critic
March 5, 2013

A harrowing scour of ideological cinema.

David Parkinson
Empire Magazine
March 5, 2013

Compelling morality tale that works on multiple layers.

Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Anthony Lane
New Yorker
Top Critic
March 5, 2013

Bresson -- who was eighty-two years old when the film came out, and clearly in no mood for mellowing -- frames the acts of wickedness, both great and small, with a terrifying calm.

Michael E. Grost
Classic Film and Television
January 31, 2012

Harrowing crime film about the persecution of a working class man by the rich.

Laura Clifford
Reeling Reviews
January 2, 2012

...we can see Bresson's influence on Polish director Krzysztof Kieslowski, Yvon's curtly procedural trial and subsequent acts a precursor to "A Short Film About Killing."

Full Review | Original Score: B+

Time Out
Top Critic
June 24, 2006

This is a return to the extremes of crime and punishment that Bresson last used in Pickpocket; and as in that film, crime is a model of redemption and prison a metaphor for the soul.

Leo Goldsmith
Not Coming to a Theater Near You
September 20, 2005

Bresson is not often noted for his engagement with social issues, but in fact his films consistently address the physical and spiritual effects of poverty and crime.

Emanuel Levy
July 30, 2005

| Original Score: 5/5
Anton Bitel
Movie Gazette
July 22, 2005

blank in style and bleak in message... Yet like money itself, the value of L'Argent is no more or less than what one is willing to give it.

Eric Henderson
Slant Magazine
June 12, 2005

It's mind-blowing.

Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Jeremy Heilman
June 12, 2005

The ending, most of all, shows Bresson's ability to find an alternate route to grace, given the circumstances.

Doug Cummings
June 11, 2005

L'Argent showcases the filmmaker at the height of his formal ingenuity, particularly his use of narrative ellipses and fragmented space (close-ups of legs, hands, objects).

Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
May 30, 2005

As others have pointed out, it does not feel like the work of a man in his 80s.

Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
May 15, 2005

A powerful and harrowing film that renews one's faith that modern cinema can bring to light what no other medium can do in the same way.

Full Review | Original Score: A+
Thomas Delapa
Boulder Weekly
January 3, 2005

| Original Score: 3/5
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
August 19, 2004

Based on a novella by Tolstoy, this French film offers an elegant study of money.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Gabe Leibowitz
Film and Felt
July 22, 2003

Bresson's obsessive leg and arm shots force us to use our imaginations; there are no eyes to tell us what the characters are feeling.

Full Review | Original Score: 92/100
Sam Jordison
May 24, 2003

This unique and meticulous work of art makes a fitting swansong for a cinematic genius.

Vincent Canby
New York Times
Top Critic
May 20, 2003

It's tough but it's also rewarding.

Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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