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Michel is released from jail after serving a sentence for thievery. His mother dies and he resorts to pickpocketing as a means of survival.
Well I must say it's very nice of Pickpocket to start off by telling us it's not a thriller.
I'm slightly pissed off by that opening. It could be because I'm over-tired and annoyed and possibly being over-sensitive, but there's a slightly sneery tone behind it that almost smacks to me as suggesting that it would be beneath this film to be labelled a mere thriller. It's a really odd and stand-offish way to start a film, I must admit, and while I suppose in one way I do slightly appreciate its honesty, I think it could have done me a big favour in furthering that honesty.
"This is a…
A film that defies star ratings. Deeply unsettling. I still don't know if I love it, but I do know that it's absolutely brilliant.
So after the overwhelming satisfaction I found with Bresson's A Man Escaped, I immediately dove into his next chronological work Pickpocket. With a brisk 75 minute running time and an intriguing premise, I expected to have the same response that I had with his previous work. Whilst I didn't have the immediate affection for this film as I had for A Man Escaped, I have wrestled with it more after the fact to the point that it is showing it's true colours and I am very eager to watch it again.
With Bresson, one must adjust the way they read and understand film, and it helps to recognise his techniques. He throws convention out the window and strips away what…
Coming off the high of the absolutely splendid Bresson film A Man Escaped, I can't help but feel slightly disappointed by the disconnect I felt with much of Pickpocket. Really though, this four star disappointment is more a compliment to Bresson than an insult, because had this been my introduction to his work I probably would be thrilled with the results.
As this is my second of his works I am getting a feel for his style, and clearly he likes to maintain a strong focus on his main protagonist during much of the running time. Here we follow Michel (played by Martin La Salle) closely as he is released from prison for his work as a thief and he…
A.V. Club review. Try as I might, I can't make the final line reverberate back through the entire film, which is what would need to happen for it to have the ecstatic effect Bresson clearly intends. Had enormous difficulty addressing that very personal reaction in the review while simultaneously acknowledging Pickpocket's importance and the fact that many people consider its ending one of cinema's greatest, which is one of several reasons why I think a blanket ban on the use of first person is wrongheaded. (Hi various editors!)
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
I'll start by talking about the scenes depicting the actual pickpocketing, which even THE BOOK notes are unlike any thievery scene ever filmed. It's truly amazing how intricate these scenes are and how Bresson was able to capture such excitement in these scenes. Is it true that the second pickpocket Michel meets at the bar was actually a magician or something, who also served as an advisor on the film, showing the filmmakers how to actually do these jobs? It seems that they'd have to have SOMEBODY on set to show them just how to make this stuff look genuine. What I didn't like about the movie is how we're never allowed to get very close to the character of…
My first Bresson. I loved the way the camera remained mostly fixated and the sound itself provided our sense of space. This will need a rewatch to really know what the hell it all meant, but I liked it enough for a 4/5.
it was good.
Robert Bresson's Pickpocket is certainly a competent film with a good performance at the helm, but nothing in the movie really grabbed me or left me invested in what was happening on screen.
A very straightforward character thriller. Short, sweet and to the point, with excellent cinematography and sound design, Pickpocket doesn't pretend to show any moral agenda or make any kind of political or societal statement. It simply exists to show a man who develops a skill, giving himself a fair shot at attempting to find purpose in an uncaring, constantly moving world. Bresson succeeds in this task despite inconsistent acting and the barebones nature of the script.
This and Lancelot du Lac encompass Bresson’s foray into the action genre.
"I'd rather people feel a film before understanding it". This classic Bresson quote quite defines my relationship with his masterpiece: much more a sensorial experience than an intelectual one. For a moment, I swear that I could feel the breath of a thief in my neck during those pickpocketing scenes. Its marvelous how much freedom you can take from such a claustrophobic piece of art.
Paraphrase of Dostoyevsky''s work with plot is no more dominant. Sometimes stylish, sometimes (let's be honest) too straightforward.
There's a lot that's been made of Bresson's use of touch in his films. And of course for very good reason. Pickpocket is as wonderful an exemplifier of this as any of his works.
But I don't feel enough attention has been paid to Bresson's opposing, yet complementary, sense of withholding. Again, Pickpocket displays this side quite prominently. These two modes are even made to coexist simultaneously.
And what better story for the shared sense of touch and absence than the story of a pickpocket, a profession that requires a very close contact that is made to seem as if it is not there at all.
Bresson exemplifies this duality through his own use of misdirection: Michel's voiceover speaks of…
Pure, dizzying art. A deceptively simple film about how our morality and the choices we make affect us for better or worse.
I look forward to seeing much more of Bresson's work in my future.
Great 60-90 min films (for those days when you just don't have the energy to watch a 3 hour masterpiece)
Doesn't the title of the list explain it well enough? This is a list of 200+ quality "short" films. Easy…