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AU HASARD, BALTHAZAR

France, 1966 (MIFF 2010, Wild Things)

Director: Robert Bresson

The burden of humanity is placed on the shoulders and into the very being of one of God's forgotten creatures in Bresson's masterpiece, the ultimate animal film.

Baptised by three children and christened as Balthazar, a donkey's life begins - and so does its torment. With a string of careless and abusive masters, Balthazar moves slowly and surely through life's different phases in parallel with his first owner, the shy, sensitive Marie (Anne Wiazemsky).

A redemptive ode to the pain of existence, a spiritual allegory and a masterpiece, Robert Bresson's transcendental film is regarded by most as his greatest achievement and considered by Jean-Luc Godard to be “the world in an hour and a half”.

D/S Robert Bresson P Mag Bodard WS BFI Distribution L French w/English subtitles TD 35mm/1966

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