The Devil Probably (Le diable probablement) Reviews

July 31, 2019
Robert Bresson works with ideas first and actors second, therefore, his characters chat, love, and confess like ambiguous intellectual beings. They never thrill or move us. [Full Review in Spanish]
July 21, 2015
Despite Bresson's characteristic evenness of tone and technical curtness -- his trademark is an almost contemptuous dismissal of flashiness -- I felt involved and moved by his pessimistic picture of four young French students.
May 22, 2014
Robert Bresson's most earnest film is also his least engaging.
May 22, 2014
Thirty-five years on, The Devil, Probably can still trigger a shock of recognition.
May 22, 2014
One of the great Robert Bresson's greatest, and least-seen, movies.
April 25, 2014
The resonant, purposefully ambiguous story is filmed with razor-sharp clarity.
March 5, 2013
Not a masterwork perhaps, but certainly the work of a master, and, judging from the work of many of his young French disciples (including Leos Carax), one of his most influential features.
March 5, 2013
Bresson, as always, holds on to that grace, gives us that beauty. While watching this great rapt film, with its hideous vision of a moral void, we almost can see light flickering in darkness, feel a spirit descending.
March 5, 2013
Both the world and Bresson's cinema are in disarray, and the signs of his inner conflict are deeply troubling and tremendously moving.
April 17, 2012
Hold on to something, Bresson implies, or you may fall in love with boredom itself. See it for the mood.
May 7, 2008
Bears all the hallmarks of Bresson's celebrated restraint, but it also shows its age, so failing to engage that, like its protagonist, you too will (probably) find yourself just wanting it to end.
August 28, 2006
Another rigorous -- and unusually watchable -- exercise in cinematic discipline by Bresson, the master of the minimal.
July 22, 2006
Bresson's most overtly political film.
January 26, 2006
Its case is presented rather than argued: one buys its cosmic bleakness or one doesn't, but there is no doubt about the conviction with which it is put.
July 29, 2005
July 4, 2005
April 26, 2004
If nothing else, there's plenty of conviction in the telling of the grim story.
May 20, 2003
No other director I can think of has come as close as Bresson to molding his players into what are, in effect, variations on a continuing personality, much the way a painter might.
May 3, 2003
I fear the movie has not aged well.