Au hasard Balthazar

Au hasard Balthazar

DVD - 2005 | French
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Robert Bresson's masterpiece follows a much-abused donkey, Balthazar, whose life strangely parallels that of his owner, Marie. A beast of burden suffering the sins of man, Balthazar nevertheless nobly accepts his fate.
Publisher: [United States] : Home Vision Entertainment : Distributed by Image Entertainment, [2005]
ISBN: 9780780030077
0780030079
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (95 min.) : sd., b&w ; 4 3/4 in

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Byond
Jun 30, 2018

'Don't be an ass', it is commonly said. Yet, here it seems clear it might be a step up for many. In a movie at pains to present a mystery, there are assertions of Balthazar's holiness. Heaven forbid we should whine. Let us bray.

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VonHafenstaaad
Oct 27, 2017

Deceptively simple yet cumulatively devastating, this important film will move some to tears, especially in the poignant final act. Bresson's characteristically austere direction and minimal aesthetic (physical gestures in lieu of dialogue, a cyclically heard Schubert sonata instead of a score) steer the story away from sentimentality to achieve something far more special: a transcendent (though markedly pessimistic) vision of humanity. "Balthazar" requires patience and concentration, but for those willing to yield to the melancholic spirit of this film, the reward is a sublime experience that stays with you.

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Maoisdead
Aug 09, 2017

Perhaps the greatest and most revolutionary of Bresson's films, Balthazar is a difficult but transcendently rewarding experience, never to be missed.

Marinetti Mar 22, 2017

So here's possibly my favorite movie ever- "Au Hazard Balthazar" is a rare example of how cinema can rise to the profundity and formal complexity of a Beethoven string quartet. It also brought me as close to a religious experience as I have ever experienced in a dark theater. Finally, it is surely the finest movie about a donkey ever made.

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Calvacade
Mar 22, 2017

A profound masterpiece from one of the most revered filmmakers in the history of cinema, Robert Bresson's " Au hasard Balthazar " follows a donkey as he is passed from owner to owner, all with motivations beyond his understanding. Through Bresson's unconventional approach to composition, sound, and narrative, this seemingly simple story becomes a moving parable of purity and transcendence.

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BenHarrison20
Mar 21, 2017

A remarkably well-made film, but hard to watch, and really depressing. I thought this film was extraordinarily good, but I didn't really 'enjoy' it per say. It did make me think though. Just so depressing.

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aspasia_0
Sep 22, 2016

This movie changed my life. Isn't that what a movie is supposed to do?

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patch666
Mar 19, 2016

Amazing remarkable film by one of the true Masters >> Beautiful and will make you cry for so many different reasons

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Nursebob
Sep 16, 2015

A young girl’s pet donkey provides a hairy metaphor in Robert Bresson’s glaringly obvious religious allegory. Marred by a stilted script and a host of lifeless performances, Bresson’s opus is further weighed down by a few too many narrative gaps and an overabundance of symbolism. In the hands of a director like Luis Buñuel or Carl Dreyer this tale of a saintly ass would go in the most obvious of directions but Bresson asks us to take it all at face value and that is one direction I’m not willing to go.

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RoyalJellyIII
Sep 08, 2015

A masterpiece- one of Bresson's best films ( and they're all excellent, poetic films of the first caliber ). Words don't do justice to this film- watch it instead and enjoy.

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