L'Argent
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The last film by veteran writer/director Robert Bresson, the French crime drama L'Argent (Money) was based on a short story by Russian novelist Leo Tolstoy. Looking for some quick cash, young man Norbert (Marc Ernest Fourneau) gets a phony 500 franc note from his friend Matrial (Bruno Lapeyre). After he spends it at a photography shop, the unscrupulous shop owner (Didier Baussy) decides to pass it on to someone else. The unfortunate victim is honest delivery man Yvon Targe (Christian Patey), who doesn't realize the bill is a fake. When he tries to buy some food with it, he is arrested.… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 96%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Bresson, working his sound track as assiduously as his visuals, once again makes us realize how little use most films make of the resources of the cinema. A masterpiece."
‑ Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
"This is a return to the extremes of crime and punishment that Bresson last used in Pickpocket; and as in that film, crime is a model of redemption and prison a metaphor for the soul."
‑ , Time Out
"Harrowing crime film about the persecution of a working class man by the rich."
‑ Michael E. Grost, Classic Film and Television
"blank in style and bleak in message... Yet like money itself, the value of L'Argent is no more or less than what one is willing to give it."
‑ Anton Bitel, Movie Gazette
"L'Argent showcases the filmmaker at the height of his formal ingenuity, particularly his use of narrative ellipses and fragmented space (close-ups of legs, hands, objects)."
‑ Doug Cummings, Filmjourney
"A harrowing scour of ideological cinema."
‑ Michael Atkinson, Village Voice
"It's tough but it's also rewarding."
‑ Vincent Canby, New York Times
"...we can see Bresson's influence on Polish director Krzysztof Kieslowski, Yvon's curtly procedural trial and subsequent acts a precursor to "A Short Film About Killing.""
‑ Laura Clifford, Reeling Reviews
"It's mind-blowing."
‑ Eric Henderson, Slant Magazine
"It's cold and clinical, and more than a little depressing."
‑ Christopher Null, Filmcritic.com
"Bresson -- who was eighty-two years old when the film came out, and clearly in no mood for mellowing -- frames the acts of wickedness, both great and small, with a terrifying calm."
‑ Anthony Lane, New Yorker
"Compelling morality tale that works on multiple layers."
‑ David Parkinson, Empire Magazine
"Bresson is not often noted for his engagement with social issues, but in fact his films consistently address the physical and spiritual effects of poverty and crime."
‑ Leo Goldsmith, Not Coming to a Theater Near You
"The ending, most of all, shows Bresson's ability to find an alternate route to grace, given the circumstances."
‑ Jeremy Heilman, MovieMartyr.com
"As others have pointed out, it does not feel like the work of a man in his 80s."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
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