Un condamné à mort s'est échappé ou Le vent souffle où il veut (A Man Escaped) Reviews

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Lawrence O'Toole
Entertainment Weekly
March 5, 2013
It is Bresson's unadorned, almost ascetic style that lifts the tale beyond a genre piece.
Full Review | Original Score: A+
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Doug Cummings
L.A. Weekly
March 5, 2013
A Man Escaped masterfully constructs the spaces -- physical and mental -- inhabited by Lt. Fontaine (played in a low-key register by an untrained actor, François Leterrier).
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David Denby
New Yorker
March 5, 2013
The prisoner's lonely ardor is enhanced by Mozart's Mass in C Minor; the ending of the movie, as the music wells up, is pure elation.
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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
March 5, 2013
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.
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David Fear
Time Out
January 17, 2012
Even the title dispenses with unnecessary frills: A man escaped. What more do you need to know?
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
November 24, 2011
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Bosley Crowther
New York Times
March 25, 2006
This is not the sort of picture that one should view without knowing what it is. The strain is hard and the reward is limited. But it is a fine reflection of a cruel experience.
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Nigel Floyd
Time Out
February 9, 2006
The kind of film which inspires awe, even in an atheist.