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Au Hasard Balthazar Reviews

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Anthony Lane
New Yorker
March 5, 2013
The film could have sunk beneath this symbolic burden, yet it is lightened by the speed and precision of Bresson's art; he could derive more from one pair of hands than most directors can from two hours of blood and guts.
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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader
April 27, 2009
Perhaps the greatest and most revolutionary of Bresson's films, Balthazar is a difficult but transcendently rewarding experience, never to be missed.
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Andrew Sarris
New York Observer
November 15, 2007
No film I have ever seen has come so close to convulsing my entire being as has Au Hasard Balthazar.
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Geoff Andrew
Time Out
June 24, 2006
The film is perhaps the director's most perfectly realised, and certainly his most moving.
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Roger Greenspun
New York Times
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.
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
April 9, 2004
Quietly devastating, nearly perfect allegory.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
March 19, 2004
Bresson is one of the saints of the cinema, and Au Hasard Balthazar is his most heartbreaking prayer.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
March 18, 2004
It is a devastating picture, scored to a Schubert piano sonata and done with a purity and austerity that transfixes us.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Manohla Dargis
Los Angeles Times
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.
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J. Hoberman
Village Voice
October 14, 2003
The supreme masterpiece by one of the greatest of 20th-century filmmakers.