One of Bresson's most sublime and understated films, in a career that consists of a series of meditational masterpieces that minutely and compassionately examine the human condition.
It is Bresson's unadorned, almost ascetic style that lifts the tale beyond a genre piece.
| Original Score: A+
Watching a film like A Man Escaped"is like a lesson in the cinema. It teaches by demonstration all the sorts of things that are not necessary in a movie. By implication, it suggests most of the things we're accustomed to are superfluous.
| Original Score: 4/4
A hero for all time.
| Original Score: 4/5
Not just the greatest prison escape film ever made, it is one of the greatest films of any kind ever made. And the coolest thing is, Bresson would get even better.
| Original Score: 10/10
| Original Score: 5/5
The best of all prison-escape movies, it reconstructs the very notion of freedom through offscreen sounds and defines salvation in terms of painstakingly patient and meticulous effort.
It's so good that I submit that just about anyone -- even people who hate French films -- will love it.
The best POW film ever.
It's a wonder that so stark and minimal a film can create such potent feelings, images and moments that linger so persistently, divine intimations that seem so inescapable.
| Original Score: 4/4
Bresson accentuates the metaphysical aspects of the narrative, turning the story into a meditation on existential and spiritual themes rendered in precise, physical terms.
Masterpiece - and strikingly original.
| Original Score: 3/5
If it's not as emotionally haunting as Au Hasard Balthazar or Mouchette, it remains a powerful, compelling portrait of discipline, and humanity.
| Original Score: 77/100
It takes a hell of a film to maintain a high level of suspense even when it gives away the ending in its very title. Robert Bresson's A Man Escaped is one such film
A deeply humanistic proclamation of the power of faith.
Bresson outdoes nearly every escape film you've ever seen, using little more than the face of Francois Leterrier and elemental off-screen sound.
| Original Score: A
A Man Escaped seems to be one of the few Bresson films that both his fans and detractors can agree on.
This film manages to look at an episode in one man's life without it being overshadowed by either the mechanics of filmmaking or the machinations of politics.