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Au Hasard Balthazar

Posted by martinteller on June 28, 2005

I think I expected too much from this film, because it’s generally hailed as Bresson’s finest, and I usually like Bresson.  I did like the movie a lot, it just wasn’t the blow-me-out-of-the-water masterpiece I anticipated.  I should probably watch it again.  It is remarkable how close one feels to Balthazar, and by proxy, the people who surround him.  Bresson strikes me as similar to Ming-liang Tsai… his films contain a minimum of dialogue and emotion, and seem to focus largely on isolation (although Tsai takes it to greater extremes).  Rating: 8


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