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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."
Ok I'm gonna be honest a lot of this went over my head. It was constantly beautiful and the sound and editing was phenomenal. I had trouble paying attention though thanks to my millennial attention span, this work wasn't meant to be entertaining as much as it was meant to be art. It's wonderful, but it's hard to engage with sans a string film background.
fuck you gerard, you were the worst one!
Sight & Sound challenge 141/250
Well now I'm depressed forever. And Marie is an idiot.
As tremendously sagacious as it's numerous elements are immaculately guided by Bresson's visionary mind, enabling viewers to observe a realm of robust philosophy and psychology through his quintessential storytelling, the relative skills of which he uses to exemplify the concepts of innocence, contaminated purity, and the magnetism of the very essence of the evil - utilizing the eponymous donkey as a pawn of innocence itself, roaming through various dimensions where one one of the Seven Deadly Sins rules - Au Hasard Balthazar ultimately proves itself an evocative endeavor at forming an elaboration upon the actual nature of affliction upon natural purity.
Bresson's direction adheres to not only some impeccably conducted cinematography & strong parabolas, but particularly quintessential character development. Anne Wiazemsky's…
Isn't it great that we have something like The Criterion Collection?
Fffffuck. Highly recommended if you like being punched in the face.
I honestly can't put into words what I liked about this movie, but I really liked it. I guess it's pretty religious and symbolic at times which is cool, but I'm not familiar with any religions so I dunno. On a re-watch I might understand and like it more. I really like donkeys now.
This movie captures perfectly the struggle to persevere despite the cold apathy and abject cruelty of the people around you.
Like all of Bresson's movies, there is an extremist lack of acting in this movie. It can be awkward and unsettling, but it suits this movie perfectly. This is the story of a donkey putting up with all of the bullshit of these cruel, weak humans that rarely show any humanity to each other, let alone to wretched Balthazar. (And for me, this movie really is all about Balthazar, not Marie. She is terribly pretty and innocent in the beginning, but by the end I'm done with her. She's frustrated and hurt me too much.)
This movie is purely tragic,…
I will re-watch this next month. I don't think I was in the right frame of mind for something like this , which happens rarely to me. So this is just a temporary rating.
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