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Au Hasard Balthazar
The sad life and death of Balthazar, a donkey, from an idyllic childhood surrounded by loving children, through adulthood as a downtrodden beast of burden. His life is paralleled with that of the girl who named him, and as she is humiliated by her sadistic lover, so he is beaten by his owner. But he finds a kind of peace when he is employed by an old miller who thinks he is a reincarnated saint.
Robert Bresson has an insane 7 films on the Sight and Sound list.
Now, I may or may not possess the Malick gene, the jury is still out, but having watched two Bressons now (this and Pickpocket) I'm almost certain I do not possess a Bresson gene.
Maybe...completely devoid of the Bresson gene.
This is, without a doubt, the main director that is so critically praised and universally loved and I cannot, for the life of me, understand why. To put it bluntly - these two films are shit. I know I'll catch some flack for that statement, but I stand by it wholeheartedly...for now. Maybe, down the road I'll come to see Au Hasard Balthazar in a new light.…
Please, please, please just read Matthew Ekstrom's review. I am far too teary to even think about writing anything about this film. Plus, I don't think that I could even write anything as perfect and beautiful as his review. 'Au Hasard Balthazar' is a truly powerful experience and one of the most beautiful films ever made. Now excuse me while I go cry my eyes out.
DonkeyHood! the life story of Balthazar the donkey and people around him. Masterfully directed by Robert Bresson (director of one of my favorite films ' A Man Escaped') This another beautifully shot masterpiece. Its not easy film to watch, its shows the lust, weakness, greed, cruelty and hope of humans, deals with life and death, which is very heartbreaking and unsettling. Most of the characters in this film are assholes, especially Gerard, this will put people off. The last image stays in your head.
A very slow, very moving take on the burden that is life, Bresson's classic assigns a good deal of its audiences' sympathies to the simple eyes of a donkey. In the hands of a great director he makes for a brilliant protagonist, and that's exactly what Bresson proves himself (this is my first of his). There's a particularly majestic scene that sees our hero exchanging glances with a series of caged circus animals; it's impossible to describe with words just how much it affects you. Bresson has the ability to imbue his scenes with remarkably underscored meaning, from the emotional intensity behind every glance to the many religious parallels the story draws. I'm not sure I was quite as open to it as I should have been—certainly a fault of my mood rather than the film—but the achievement here is undeniably stunning.
Part of my 5 Directors x 5 Unseen Films (5) challenge.
This is not the easy movie it might appear to be on the surface. It is much more complex than the life of a donkey named Balthazar. It is an allegory with religious overtones. It is a parable of man's inhumanity to man. It is a mystery, a caution and a joke. So you can hardly be wrong about how you interpret it. It is all things to all viewers depending upon how they watch it.
Writer-director Robert Bresson uses the donkey to give us a focal point as he explores the complexity of relationships in a small French border town. We see the girl Marie (Anne Wiazemsky) as…
"Au Hasard Balthazar" explores the unfathomable cruelty of human existence and the cowardice that creates a failure to love. And yet at the same time, this film, which reveals everything I care to know of evil, seems to spring forth from a boundless well of empathy within its creator.
This is the work of a truly great artist, perhaps the great film artist. I cannot imagine watching it and coming away unchanged.
"Besides, he's a saint."
Bresson's gifted eye crafts some beautiful, pastoral landscapes inhabited by overlapping, plagued lives of its French country folk. While I did admittedly struggle at times to develop any sort of profound affection for the film beyond appreciation for its radical craftsmanship, this appreciation isn't merely a fleeting acknowledgement, but a much more deep-seated respect. It's amazing that by following the donkey, who changes owners between different members of the village, Bresson is able to weave a vivid tapestry of the different lives, with an equal dismissiveness reminiscent of a fascinatingly nihilist philosophy. Indeed, the donkey is a pathetic figure in its own right, yet the impressions we assemble of the different families he lives with evince, with great cinematic sophistication, a beguiling sense of time and space.
I never thought I would care about a donkey this much what the hell man
As far as classics go, this is the most wooden I've seen.
Sad-ass movie. (Forgive me.)
It is fitting that Bresson's most famous film is about a donkey, considering how much his auteur's perspective reminds me of Eeyore.
There is beauty in here, but also melodramatic tragedy that tips into the ridiculous, and I have never bought into the whole intentionally wooden/amateur acting thing.
Robert Bresson is an overlooked and underloved director, and this film is hia greatest work. It is a stupendously directed and surreally acted masterwork
I find this so frustratingly broad and uninteresting, it makes me want to scream; and to no avail, with all its artistic intentions clashing in a completely counterproductive manner. one overwrought situation after another deliberately depicted with zero fervency, so why should this specific bombardment of reminders that mankind is garbage compel me? I would call its indulgence in misery pornographic if I sensed an ounce of provocation or sincerity here. perhaps its exhausted acting gives more humanity to our guiltless donkey protagonist than us despicable humans, but the parable is too flimsy for me to care about the former or the latter, nor the bigger picture.
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