The Devil Probably (Le diable probablement)
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The Devil Probably (Le diable probablement)
In order to be technically free of the mortal sin of suicide, a young man who has given up on the world pays a drug-addict to shoot him. Charles (Antoine Monnier), who is a student, has tried political action and investigated the claims of religion but ultimately finds nothing which will change the overwhelming bleakness he feels surrounded by. In this austere movie by director Robert Bresson, the power of the storytelling comes from the lucidity of the imagery captured on film, rather than in the acting. ~ Clarke Fountain, Rovi
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 82%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"One of the great Robert Bresson's greatest, and least-seen, movies."
‑ J. Hoberman,
"Both the world and Bresson's cinema are in disarray, and the signs of his inner conflict are deeply troubling and tremendously moving."
‑ Richard Brody, New Yorker
"Robert Bresson's most earnest film is also his least engaging."
‑ David Parkinson, Radio Times
"Bears all the hallmarks of Bresson's celebrated restraint, but it also shows its age, so failing to engage that, like its protagonist, you too will (probably) find yourself just wanting it to end."
‑ Anton Bitel, Film4
"If nothing else, there's plenty of conviction in the telling of the grim story."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Not a masterwork perhaps, but certainly the work of a master, and, judging from the work of many of his young French disciples (including Leos Carax), one of his most influential features."
‑ Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader
"Hold on to something, Bresson implies, or you may fall in love with boredom itself. See it for the mood."
‑ Joshua Rothkopf, Time Out New York
"Thirty-five years on, The Devil, Probably can still trigger a shock of recognition."
‑ Dennis Lim, Artforum
"Another rigorous -- and unusually watchable -- exercise in cinematic discipline by Bresson, the master of the minimal."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"I fear the movie has not aged well."
‑ Marjorie Baumgarten, Austin Chronicle
"Bresson, as always, holds on to that grace, gives us that beauty. While watching this great rapt film, with its hideous vision of a moral void, we almost can see light flickering in darkness, feel a spirit descending."
‑ Michael Wilmington, Chicago Tribune
"Its case is presented rather than argued: one buys its cosmic bleakness or one doesn't, but there is no doubt about the conviction with which it is put."
‑ Verina Glaessner, Time Out
"The resonant, purposefully ambiguous story is filmed with razor-sharp clarity."
‑ David Sterritt, Christian Science Monitor
"Bresson's most overtly political film."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
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