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L'Argent Reviews

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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader
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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.

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader

March 5, 2013
Michael Atkinson
Village Voice
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A harrowing scour of ideological cinema.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

March 5, 2013
David Parkinson
Empire Magazine

Compelling morality tale that works on multiple layers.

Full Review Source: Empire Magazine | Original Score: 4/5

March 5, 2013
Anthony Lane
New Yorker
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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.

Full Review Source: New Yorker

March 5, 2013
Michael E. Grost
Classic Film and Television

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

Full Review Source: Classic Film and Television

January 31, 2012
Laura Clifford
Reeling Reviews

...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 Source: Reeling Reviews | Original Score: B+

January 2, 2012

Time Out
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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.

Full Review Source: Time Out

June 24, 2006
Leo Goldsmith
Not Coming to a Theater Near You

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.

Full Review Source: Not Coming to a Theater Near You

September 20, 2005
Emanuel Levy
EmanuelLevy.Com

| Original Score: 5/5

July 30, 2005
Anton Bitel
Movie Gazette

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.

Full Review Source: Movie Gazette

July 22, 2005
Eric Henderson
Slant Magazine

It's mind-blowing.

Full Review Source: Slant Magazine | Original Score: 4/4

June 12, 2005
Jeremy Heilman
MovieMartyr.com

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

Full Review Source: MovieMartyr.com

June 12, 2005
Doug Cummings
Filmjourney

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).

Full Review Source: Filmjourney

June 11, 2005
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

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

Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid | Original Score: 4/4

May 30, 2005
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

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 Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews | Original Score: A+

May 15, 2005
Thomas Delapa
Boulder Weekly

| Original Score: 3/5

January 3, 2005
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice

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

Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice | Original Score: 3/5

August 19, 2004
Gabe Leibowitz
Film and Felt

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 Source: Film and Felt | Original Score: 92/100

July 22, 2003
Sam Jordison
Film4

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

Full Review Source: Film4

May 24, 2003
Vincent Canby
New York Times
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It's tough but it's also rewarding.

Full Review Source: New York Times | Original Score: 4/5

May 20, 2003
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