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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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Gwendolyn Audrey Foster
Senses of Cinema

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.

Full Review Source: Senses of Cinema

March 5, 2013
Lawrence O'Toole
Entertainment Weekly
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It is Bresson's unadorned, almost ascetic style that lifts the tale beyond a genre piece.

Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly | Original Score: A+

March 5, 2013
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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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 Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 4/4

November 24, 2011
Don Willmott

A hero for all time.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 4/5

August 9, 2004
Christopher Long
Movie Metropolis

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 Source: Movie Metropolis | Original Score: 10/10

May 22, 2013
Cole Smithey

| Original Score: 5/5

February 23, 2008
Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
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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.

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader

March 5, 2013
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

It's so good that I submit that just about anyone -- even people who hate French films -- will love it.

Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid | Original Score: 4/4

January 1, 2000
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

The best POW film ever.

Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews | Original Score: A+

April 1, 2006
Ron Reed
Christianity Today

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.

| Original Score: 4/4

September 27, 2006
Doug Cummings

Bresson accentuates the metaphysical aspects of the narrative, turning the story into a meditation on existential and spiritual themes rendered in precise, physical terms.

Full Review Source: Filmjourney

December 1, 2004
Michael E. Grost
Classic Film and Television

Masterpiece - and strikingly original.

Full Review Source: Classic Film and Television

January 18, 2005
Daniel M. Kimmel
Worcester Telegram & Gazette

| Original Score: 3/5

May 28, 2004
Gabe Leibowitz
Film and Felt

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 Source: Film and Felt | Original Score: 77/100

December 25, 2009
Matt Bailey
Not Coming to a Theater Near You

It takes a hell of a film to maintain a high level of suspense even when it gives away the ending in its very title. Robert Bresson's A Man Escaped is one such film

Full Review Source: Not Coming to a Theater Near You

May 28, 2004
Ed Gonzalez
Slant Magazine

A deeply humanistic proclamation of the power of faith.

Full Review Source: Slant Magazine | Original Score: 4/4

May 23, 2004
Josh Larsen

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 Source: LarsenOnFilm | Original Score: 4/4

February 10, 2012
Steven D. Greydanus
Decent Films Guide

Full Review Source: Decent Films Guide | Original Score: A

October 29, 2008
Jaime N. Christley
Slant Magazine

A Man Escaped seems to be one of the few Bresson films that both his fans and detractors can agree on.

Full Review Source: Slant Magazine | Original Score: 4/4

January 17, 2012
Scott Tobias
Glyphs Film Guide

This film manages to look at an episode in one man's life without it being overshadowed by either the mechanics of filmmaking or the machinations of politics.

Full Review Source: Glyphs Film Guide

January 1, 2000
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