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June 14, 2005
This is what makes Au Hasard Balthazar so powerful, and yet so distant. It asks as much of its audience as it does of its characters...
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
May 9, 2005
This is neither an easy film, nor, in the show biz sense, an entertaining one. It makes large demands upon its audience, and in return confers exceptional rewards.
April 17, 2004
Irreverent? Absurd? Indeed, and that's much of the film's genius and inspiration.
April 9, 2004
Quietly devastating, nearly perfect allegory.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
April 9, 2004
After seeing the film, you will never hear a donkey's bray without thinking of Bresson's meek four-legged saint.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
April 1, 2004
[In Au hasard Balthazar] the suffering is tempered...with the sense of small relief for the quiet little donkey that captured my heart.
Full Review | Original Score: A
March 31, 2004
The most modern equivalent of [Balthazar's] final scene may be the ending of Lars von Trier's "Breaking the Waves."
Full Review | Original Score: A
March 19, 2004
Bresson is one of the saints of the cinema, and Au Hasard Balthazar is his most heartbreaking prayer.
Read More | Original Score: 4/4
March 19, 2004
...has the transcendent beauty of a Renaissance painting and the inspiring fire of a sermon.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
March 18, 2004
An extraordinary work.
Full Review | Original Score: A
March 18, 2004
It is a devastating picture, scored to a Schubert piano sonata and done with a purity and austerity that transfixes us.
Read More | Original Score: 4/4
December 11, 2003
Bresson is one of the few directors for whom cinema was both an aesthetic and spiritual pursuit, a search that was reflected in films for which the words 'sublime,' 'transcendent' and 'masterpiece' can seem somehow lacking.
October 15, 2003
A sublime cinematic experience.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
October 14, 2003
The supreme masterpiece by one of the greatest of 20th-century filmmakers.
October 2, 2003
One of cinema's greatest achievements.
Full Review | Original Score: 100/100
May 24, 2003
A strange and bittersweet triumph.
April 25, 2003
This great film, made with uncompromising honesty and devastating reality, is, according to Jean-Luc Godard, 'the world in an hour and a half.'
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
April 25, 2003
This is an amazing allegorical study of the life and death of a donkey named Balthazar.
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