Pickpocket

1959, Drama/Crime, 1h 15m

40 Reviews 5,000+ Ratings

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Narratively spare and told with clockwork precision, Pickpocket is a carefully observed character study that packs an emotional wallop. Read critic reviews

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Michel (Martin La Salle) takes up pickpocketing on a lark and is arrested soon after. His mother dies shortly after his release, and despite the objections of his only friend, Jacques (Pierre Leymarie), and his mother's neighbor Jeanne (Marika Green), Michel teams up with a couple of petty thieves in order to improve his craft. With a police inspector (Jean Pélégri) keeping an eye on him, Michel also tries to get a straight job, but the temptation to steal is hard to resist.

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  • Apr 21, 2014
    Bresson's unemotional style and wooden performances may not be accessible to everyone but it is impressive how he holds our interest in the many minutiae of the pickpocketing sleight of hand tricks, making them seem more like an art than a condemnable deed.
    Carlos M Super Reviewer
  • Apr 19, 2013
    Pickpocket is the glorious story of a pickpocket in the world inhabited by other grifters. It is a very memorable tale.
    John B Super Reviewer
  • Apr 25, 2011
    The appeal of "Pickpocket" is less about its story (the title is self-explanatory) and more about the deft economy of Robert Bresson's direction. Not a stroke is wasted. The depictions of intricate, tag-team pickpocket moves are especially sharp -- the eye can barely follow the action. "Pickpocket" has one glaring handicap: The untrained actors look strangely dazed throughout the film. This may be an intentional effect, but their stupor leaves little room for an emotional connection. Luckily, the movie is over so soon that it never has a chance to turn dull.
    Eric B Super Reviewer
  • May 12, 2010
    Pickpocket influenced Paul Schrader's film works "Taxi Driver", "American Gigolo", and "Light Sleeper". The story of a young man living as a lonely man pickpocketing ppls wallet for a living. He's living in guilt and a beautiful french woman seems to be his only salvation. Robert Bresson known as the Christian among filmmakers makes this gentle fascinating picture.
    Brian R Super Reviewer

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