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 is painted to be, and much more. Recently restored from the original negative, “L’Argent burns white hot—not with anger but with a perfect clarity of purpose: to direct us to see that habitual human callousness is what keeps us out of paradise.”—Film Society of Lincoln Center.
Winner of the Director’s Prize at the Cannes Film Festival and National Society of Film Critics Award for Best Director.
Appears in: Special Screenings
Other Films by Robert Bresson
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 …
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 …