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Maybe the most revealing film about Bresson.
on 5 September 2015
Bresson is definitely an uneasy director, but only if you have conventional, common expectations and a positive, carefree vision of life.
But sorry, no: he is an existentialist director, a spirit struggling between christianity and atheism. And in his stories you feel the dramatic emptiness of mankind not seeing any sense in life and finding a redemption only once they've been through their dramas and realized how incomplete and limited they are.
Here it comes for a fascinating yet solitary and enigmatic thief, who is also an artisti and a bohemian, and this particular subject shows Bresson greatness and complexity: a cold and essential cinema that is yet so extraordinary spiritual, with a solemn and ellyptical style and narration that is also free and unpredictable (see the famous and incredible scene of the pickpocketing, who inspired many crime films so apparently distant from this one).
In Bresson you can never tell in advance if a shot will last a second or half a minute, because he does not stick to a style (although he is always referred to as a slow and still director): all it matters to him and his decision if sticking on a scene of cutting away is to show and convey us a situation, a invisible state of mind, something going on underneath action.
He is like the protagonist of this film: he guides our eyes to apparently meaningless details while he is working secretely to prepare us to the right moment to reveal the sense of what is going on.
THe blu ray is stunning in his black and white