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Directed by Robert Bresson

France 1983 85 mins.

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.

Genres: Drama



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