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Au Hasard Balthazar Reviews

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October 11, 2019
The movie plays like a concerto.
August 8, 2019
I don't know if Au Hasard Balthazar is a masterpiece. I don't even know what it is exactly, aside from a rare and fascinating object. [Full Review in Spanish]
December 19, 2018
Bresson slowly transmits that it is Balthazar's example of loyalty, sustenance and grace that is noble and permanent - not the transient agendas of the people around him.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
October 3, 2018
I think this is a superb movie for its original content, exhilarating editing and Bresson's Puritanistic camera work, belt-high and wonderfully toned, that creates a deep, damp, weathered quality of centuries-old provincialism.
November 22, 2016
If one were looking for a perfectly realized film, Au Hasard Balthazar would be as likely a candidate as any.
Full Review | Original Score: A
January 30, 2015
A film that despite its obvious religious overtones is much more about the hell of relationships based on commodities rather than sin.
June 3, 2014
One of the great masterpieces of world cinema: austere, warm, grim, surreal, shocking and heartbreaking.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
March 5, 2013
The antithesis of cute Disney films about animals, Au Hasard, Balthazar is a stark meditation on existence in which meaning is conveyed through images and sounds, culminating in a moment of sublime epiphany.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
March 5, 2013
With Bresson, patience is rewarding, and not just because Balthazar has an ending both strangely beautiful and profoundly sad. It's worth the effort to connect to this singular vision, one that's austere and humane in equal measure.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
March 5, 2013
The film could have sunk beneath this symbolic burden, yet it is lightened by the speed and precision of Bresson's art; he could derive more from one pair of hands than most directors can from two hours of blood and guts.
April 13, 2011
Very much deserves its art-house cred.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
April 27, 2009
If you can see past the heavy-handed religious overtones you will encounter an inspired and deeply intelligent Bresson classic.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
April 27, 2009
Perhaps the greatest and most revolutionary of Bresson's films, Balthazar is a difficult but transcendently rewarding experience, never to be missed.
July 22, 2008
It's a cinematic experience that deserves to be discover for those who want more than what they are told to watch.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
May 30, 2008
The film does maintain a powerful mood throughout, a kind of stringency, and the fate of the humans fades into insignificance as the film draws to a bleak close.
November 15, 2007
No film I have ever seen has come so close to convulsing my entire being as has Au Hasard Balthazar.
September 1, 2006
It's a study of human weakness and cruelty, it's a portrait of Christ the suffering servant, it's the heartbreaking story of a young girl's descent from innocence to despair. But above all, it's a movie about a donkey.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
June 24, 2006
The film is perhaps the director's most perfectly realised, and certainly his most moving.
November 9, 2005
Bresson's greatest masterpiece.
Full Review | Original Score: A+
July 26, 2005
A deft, impassioned, and wrenching film, but also - emphatically, absurdly - a film about a donkey. Indeed, it hardly pretends to be much more.
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