Robert Bresson, 85 mins, France, 1983, 35mm, French. Courtesy: L'Institut Français.


Mysterious, brutal, beautiful and despairing, Bresson's devastatingly precise final film is an intense but mute dissection of the journey of a young man from innocence to a life of crime and eventually murder.

As in many of the director's key works, the motivations and emotions of the central character are never revealed, the action described rather than explained.

Bresson's adaptation of a short story by Tolstoy is an unflinching presentation of the material nature of existence, the casual and impersonal exchange of money and its devastating effects.

Starkly shot by Pasqualino De Santis and Emmanuel Machuel.


Wed 25 Apr 2012, 7pm

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