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L'Argent Reviews

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August 9, 2017
L'Argent is one of the most damning litanies of human evil one may encounter. It's also one of the better films.
March 5, 2013
Bresson, working his sound track as assiduously as his visuals, once again makes us realize how little use most films make of the resources of the cinema. A masterpiece.
March 5, 2013
A harrowing scour of ideological cinema.
March 5, 2013
Compelling morality tale that works on multiple layers.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
March 5, 2013
Bresson -- who was eighty-two years old when the film came out, and clearly in no mood for mellowing -- frames the acts of wickedness, both great and small, with a terrifying calm.
January 31, 2012
Harrowing crime film about the persecution of a working class man by the rich.
January 2, 2012
...we can see Bresson's influence on Polish director Krzysztof Kieslowski, Yvon's curtly procedural trial and subsequent acts a precursor to "A Short Film About Killing."
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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June 24, 2006
This is a return to the extremes of crime and punishment that Bresson last used in Pickpocket; and as in that film, crime is a model of redemption and prison a metaphor for the soul.
September 20, 2005
Bresson is not often noted for his engagement with social issues, but in fact his films consistently address the physical and spiritual effects of poverty and crime.
July 22, 2005
blank in style and bleak in message... Yet like money itself, the value of L'Argent is no more or less than what one is willing to give it.
June 12, 2005
Robert Bresson's film hits with the effect not so much reflecting a cleansing of the soul, but rather a ransacking.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
June 12, 2005
The ending, most of all, shows Bresson's ability to find an alternate route to grace, given the circumstances.
June 11, 2005
L'Argent showcases the filmmaker at the height of his formal ingenuity, particularly his use of narrative ellipses and fragmented space (close-ups of legs, hands, objects).
June 5, 2005
It's cold and clinical, and more than a little depressing.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
May 30, 2005
As others have pointed out, it does not feel like the work of a man in his 80s.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
May 15, 2005
A powerful and harrowing film that renews one's faith that modern cinema can bring to light what no other medium can do in the same way.
Full Review | Original Score: A+
August 19, 2004
Based on a novella by Tolstoy, this French film offers an elegant study of money.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
July 22, 2003
Bresson's obsessive leg and arm shots force us to use our imaginations; there are no eyes to tell us what the characters are feeling.
Full Review | Original Score: 92/100
May 24, 2003
This unique and meticulous work of art makes a fitting swansong for a cinematic genius.
May 20, 2003
It's tough but it's also rewarding.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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