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Au hasard, Balthazar

Au hasard, Balthazar

Au hasard, Balthazar

Review score: * * * * *

cast: Anne Wiazemsky, Francois Lafarge, Philippe Asselin, Nathalie Joyaut, Walter Green

year: 1966

colour: no

certificate: PG

director: Robert Bresson

runtime: 91

Bresson's transcendent masterpiece follows the suffering destinies of the farm girl Maria and her donkey Balthazar. Separated early in life, both Maria and Balthazar suffer in parallel at the hands of an indifferent world. As Balthazar is passed from owner to owner, enduring with nobility both indifference and cruelty, he takes on the sins of mankind. In the words of Jean-Luc Godard, '...this film is really the world in an hour and a half.'


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