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

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Jonathan Kiefer
SF Weekly
January 1, 2016
It's coolly comforting to recall how the innocence that lay shattered in the wake of World War II wasn't America's alone - just as it's heartening to rediscover the improbable beauty within the bleak scenario of A Man Escaped.
Adrian Turner
Radio Times
June 3, 2014
Robert Bresson's story of an imprisoned and condemned French Resistance fighter who plans an escape with his teenage cellmate is one of the great classics of European art cinema.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Christopher Long
Movie Metropolis
May 22, 2013
Not just the greatest prison escape film ever made, it is one of the greatest films of any kind ever made. And the coolest thing is, Bresson would get even better.
Full Review | Original Score: 10/10
Godfrey Cheshire
New York Press
March 5, 2013
Coming from a director renowned as spartanly anti-dramatic, the film's escape is almost preternaturally gripping.
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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).
Gwendolyn Audrey Foster
Senses of Cinema
March 5, 2013
One of Bresson's most sublime and understated films, in a career that consists of a series of meditational masterpieces that minutely and compassionately examine the human condition.
David Parkinson
Empire Magazine
March 5, 2013
Bresson's masterpiece is still a pinnacle in French cinema.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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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.
Josh Larsen
February 10, 2012
Bresson outdoes nearly every escape film you've ever seen, using little more than the face of Francois Leterrier and elemental off-screen sound.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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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
Jaime N. Christley
Slant Magazine
January 17, 2012
A Man Escaped seems to be one of the few Bresson films that both his fans and detractors can agree on.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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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
Gabe Leibowitz
Film and Felt
December 25, 2009
If it's not as emotionally haunting as Au Hasard Balthazar or Mouchette, it remains a powerful, compelling portrait of discipline, and humanity.
Full Review | Original Score: 77/100
Steven D. Greydanus
Decent Films Guide
October 29, 2008
A Man Escaped offers newcomers to Bresson perhaps the most accessible point of entry into the work of this brilliant, challenging, God-haunted artist.
Full Review | Original Score: A
Ron Reed
Christianity Today
September 27, 2006
It's a wonder that so stark and minimal a film can create such potent feelings, images and moments that linger so persistently, divine intimations that seem so inescapable.
Read More | Original Score: 4/4
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
April 1, 2006
The best POW film ever.
Full Review | Original Score: A+
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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.
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