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Au hasard Balthazar (1970) Movie Information

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Robert Bresson


Anne Wiazemsky
François Lafarge
Philippe Asselin
Nathalie Joyaut
Walter Green
Jean-Claude Guilbert





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We follow the life of Balthazar, a donkey and his owner - who share a parallel life with his owner - from a loving childhood to being downtrodden and beaten later in life. But Balthazar may still end life well, as a miller believes he is the reincarnation of a saint. -- Chris Kavan

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mitchellyoung 09/27/2010 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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It's really hard to describe this film - at heart, it is a simple and poignant portrait. Under the surface, however, it's an almost allegorical description of human sacrifice and tragedy, seen through the eyes of a donkey. I know that sounds silly, but, trust me, it's not.

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goodfellamike 10/30/2008 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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Sensitive, patient directorial effort from Robert Bresson; handles a simple subject with poetic moments, but it's solely for the patient viewer. Final Grade: B

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Allison 12/22/2007 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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A really fantastic movie that really gets to you. One of the top French films ever. Bresson is brilliant.

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Sandy Toksvik 09/19/2007 (0 of 1 found this helpful)

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Bressons style is his lack of style. He reshoots each scene 20 times so that all of the acting is drained out of the actors and they look bored. This forces the viewer to draw their own conclusions rather than telling the viewer what to think. Or something like that. Needless to say, if you buy into that utter bullshit, you are a mental Amoeba. Bresson commits the ultimate directorial sin of boring the viewer. Lack of style, is lack of style. Sounds obvious doesn't it? Indeed.

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01/23/2013 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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"Life is nothing but a fairground, a market place where even your word is unnecessary." One of the best allegorical and spiritually intellectual film. Sometimes a simple picture can be poetic, without extravagant stars, special effects or even a complicated plot. Marie and the donkey named Balthazar are the central figures. Balthazar is handled by various owners. Luckily, this reviewer garnering the Criterion Collection, the interviews (with the director himself) and commentaries proved how great a picture this was. A trained donkey may be ludicrous to think of it as the main attraction of the movie, it instills much more.

The score was touching, pace of the story perfect, direction was impressive and performances sincere. Screenplay was exceptional with lines: "You must forgive...

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10/16/2007 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

Al azar Baltasar.

When I went to the store to rent the film, I asked to the guy what was his favorite Bresson. We start to talk about him and we agreed that there are 2 diferenced groups, those that hates him, those that loves him. And, both for the same reason: How he directs the actors.

Of course that, between lines, we can talk and talk about the whys and the hows, and start analizing the whole thing. That's not the point. The point is: You like it (I'm sorry being so simple) or not.

I don't.

Let me state first that I understand Bresson's idea. I get him. But, I don't share his view of filmmaking. There was one deffinition that was around my head during the whole movie about the actors: Was like watching zombies acting. They cried, but not with their eyes. They "smiled", but not with their mout...

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