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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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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.
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
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
March 5, 2013
Coming from a director renowned as spartanly anti-dramatic, the film's escape is almost preternaturally gripping.
March 5, 2013
It is Bresson's unadorned, almost ascetic style that lifts the tale beyond a genre piece.
Full Review | Original Score: A+
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).
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.
March 5, 2013
Bresson's masterpiece is still a pinnacle in French cinema.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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.
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
April 1, 2006
The best POW film ever.
Full Review | Original Score: A+
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.
February 9, 2006
The kind of film which inspires awe, even in an atheist.
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