A Man Escaped

There's a quiet intensity to Robert Bresson's A Man Escaped and it can be felt through Fontaine's working hands. The tight close ups focused on his hands make me forget that he's a prisoner trying to escape. Instead, I'm lured into believing that these are the hands of a seasoned craftsman working on his next masterpiece.

The beauty of A Man Escaped lies in its depiction Fontaine's energy and concentration. Every step he takes is accompanied by detached narration but it does not serve to alienate the viewer, if anything it's what makes it even more engaging. A story stripped away of any unnecessary embellishment is the most honest account a friend can give you. Once he's finished with his story you're left to absorb all of this with a sense of wonder and awe.

In a way, Robert Bresson portrays human struggle as an art. One that requires patience, ingenuity, sacrifice, hope and humanity.