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A pickpocket is blamed by his wife for bringing misery to other families and as well as to their own home. Although, he has promised to reform himself, he cannot find another line of work which would bring him a living wage. One day, after a morning of picking pockets, Kamal finds a photograph of his wife in a man's purse he had just stolen. This turns his life into chaos. He does not tell his wife about this and goes on searching for the owner of the purse. What he finds is only the beginning of his tragedy.

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 97%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"A picture so original in style that it sometimes seems downright peculiar."
‑ , TIME Magazine
"French director Robert Bresson used his nonactors only once and orchestrated every gesture and glance; the performances that resulted are both mesmerizing and suffused with mystery."
‑ Edward Karam, Entertainment Weekly
"Pragmatic to the point of being almost mechanical, Pickpocket it is paradoxically saturated with soulfulness."
‑ Dan Jardine, Cinemania
"Even more than the deadpan anti-thesping, it's the virtuoso thievery sequences (movement, disguise, distraction) that really mesmerise."
‑ , Total Film
"Poetic seems too weak a word to sum up Pickpocket's extraordinary arc: that it achieves so much in so short a time (75 minutes) is almost other-worldly."
‑ Gabe Leibowitz, Film and Felt
"Robert Bresson made this short electrifying study in 1959; it's one of his greatest and purest films, full of hushed transgression and sudden grace."
‑ Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
"Bresson's goals were deep; to sweep away the dross of expectation and viewing conventions by means of a purified cinema. At times in this thief's journal his visual discourse touches the sublime."
‑ , Time Out
"A marvel of poise and circumspect emotion from French auteur Robert Bresson."
‑ David Parkinson, Empire Magazine
"...the act of lifting a wallet from a man's jacket is a means to consider what the act of thievery swipes from the thief's soul."
‑ Josh Larsen, LarsenOnFilm
"... sempre fascinante constatar como Bresson, com seu estilo emocionalmente seco e direto e sua insistência em performances rígidas, consegue criar personagens tão complexos e interessantes."
‑ Pablo Villaca, Cinema em Cena
"Bresson choreographs the complex techniques of lifting wallets and watches with such precision that one seems to be watching a kind of surreptitious ballet."
‑ David Denby, New Yorker
"Ultimately inexplicable, this concentrated, elliptical, economical movie is an experience that never loses its strangeness."
‑ J. Hoberman, Village Voice
"It is, at base, about self-fulfilment and redemption through love -- a common enough idea in films. But this 1959 epic has seldom been equalled as a philosophical treatise on the subject."
‑ Derek Malcolm, Guardian
"An often interminable piece of work..."
‑ David Nusair, Reel Film Reviews
"Inspired by Dostoevsky's seminal novel, Bresson's rigorous meditation on crime and redemption is a masterpiece, paying attention to the criminal and the society that created him without ever explaining either; it's only 75 minutes but every frame counts"
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
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