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.
A harrowing scour of ideological cinema.
Compelling morality tale that works on multiple layers.
| Original Score: 4/5
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.
Harrowing crime film about the persecution of a working class man by the rich.
...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."
| Original Score: B+
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.
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.
| Original Score: 5/5
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.
| Original Score: 4/4
The ending, most of all, shows Bresson's ability to find an alternate route to grace, given the circumstances.
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).
As others have pointed out, it does not feel like the work of a man in his 80s.
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.
| Original Score: A+
| Original Score: 3/5
Based on a novella by Tolstoy, this French film offers an elegant study of money.
| Original Score: 3/5
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.
| Original Score: 92/100
This unique and meticulous work of art makes a fitting swansong for a cinematic genius.
It's tough but it's also rewarding.