A Man Escaped ★★★★

Straightforward and simplistic like the best of escape movies. But unlike another great escape movie 'Escape From Alcatraz' (1979), 'A Man Escaped' uses frequent voiceover to elevate its story. Although voiceover can plague many films, take a look at the theatrical release of 'Blade Runner' (1982), it works particularly well here to gift the audience plot details and characterisation that would otherwise be lost. But without words, lead actor François Leterrier playing Fontaine, does particularly fantastic work. His childlike eyes show his dreams of escape, his lust for life, whilst his feeble body posture reflects the bleak, desolate environment that surrounds him.
The cinematography does a good job of being both simplistic and stylistic. The use of sparse shafts and spots of light in the latter half of the film work well to keep the viewer focused on the action yet suitably awed by the imagery itself. But what particularly impressed me about this film was Bresson's magnificent use of sound. May it be footsteps, used masterfully to create paranoia and suspense or the sharp, stressful sounds of a freight train used during the escape scenes to frustrate and almost frighten the viewer.