Au Hasard Balthazar

  • Dir: Robert Bresson

  • France, 1966, 95min, DCP

  • Cast: Anne Wiazemsky, Walter Green, François Lafarge

A simple rural girl, Marie (played by Anne Wiazemsky, who later married Godard) and her donkey. Plain stories, inspired nonetheless by Dostoevsky, that separate and intertwine over years that bring suffering and abuse. Bresson distills filmmaking to its very essence, in an astonishing minimalist story where both human and animal become parables of redemption shot through with Bressonian doubt as well as Bressonian beauty. Bresson’s first film with cinematographer Ghislain Cloquet and a multiple prize-winner at Venice.

1966 Venice Film Festival, OCIC Award

1967 French Syndicate of Cinema Critics, Best Film

 

Further reading:
Filmmakers on Bresson – Michael Haneke, Robert Bresson by James Quandt (Toronto: Cinematheque Ontario, 1998)
Filmmakers on Bresson – Marguerite Duras, Robert Bresson by James Quandt (Toronto: Cinematheque Ontario, 1998)

Screening:

Note

1. Unless otherwise stated, all films (except English-speaking films) are subtitled in English.

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