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Angels of Sin

Bresson’s first feature hints at the themes for which his later films would become famous: isolation, suffering, martyrdom, and the struggle for redemption and grace. A sophisticated young woman (Renée Faure) joins a Dominican convent dedicated to the rehabilitation of criminal women and devotes herself—to the point of obsession—to “saving” a bitter and rebellious young convict (Jany Holt) sent there for rehabilitation. In the ritual, discipline, and austerity of the convent, the savior and the saved gradually adopt each other’s course of advancement and retreat. “Rarely have the seemingly opposite worlds of the spiritual and the erotic received such sublime, ennobling treatment”—David Thompson.

Genres: Drama

Other Films by Robert Bresson


Robert Bresson’s final film, made when he was 82, is a modern adaptation of Tolstoy’s turn of the century story “The Forged Coupon.” A searing morality tale, the story follows the plight of a young man falsely accused of passing a counterfeit bill. As fate would have it, he turns to become the criminal he

Au Hasard Balthazar

By 1966 Robert Bresson could be comfortably grouped into the category of “masters of French cinema,” having already made such heralded films about men in solitary situations as Diary of a Country Priest, A Man Escaped, and Pickpocket. With Au Hasard Balthazar, however, Bresson turns his focus to the animal world through a plain spoken