Un condamné à mort s'est échappé ou Le vent souffle où il veut (A Man Escaped)
Un condamné à mort s'est échappé ou Le vent souffle où il veut (A Man Escaped) (1957)

In a genre crowded with quality films, director Robert Bresson's POW drama has become legendary, in part because it strips down the experience of a man desperate to escape to the essentials. That's in keeping with the approach… More

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Release Date: May 25, 2004
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Lawrence O'Toole
Entertainment Weekly

It is Bresson's unadorned, almost ascetic style that lifts the tale beyond a genre piece.

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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader

The best of all prison-escape movies, it reconstructs the very notion of freedom through offscreen sounds and defines salvation in terms of painstakingly patient and meticulous effort.

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Adrian Turner
Radio Times

Robert Bresson's story of an imprisoned and condemned French Resistance fighter who plans an escape with his teenage cellmate is one of the great classics of European art cinema.

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Doug Cummings
L.A. Weekly

A Man Escaped masterfully constructs the spaces -- physical and mental -- inhabited by Lt. Fontaine (played in a low-key register by an untrained actor, François Leterrier).

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David Fear
Time Out

Even the title dispenses with unnecessary frills: A man escaped. What more do you need to know?

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Christopher Long
Movie Metropolis

Not just the greatest prison escape film ever made, it is one of the greatest films of any kind ever made. And the coolest thing is, Bresson would get even better.

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David Denby
New Yorker

The prisoner's lonely ardor is enhanced by Mozart's Mass in C Minor; the ending of the movie, as the music wells up, is pure elation.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

Watching a film like A Man Escaped"is like a lesson in the cinema. It teaches by demonstration all the sorts of things that are not necessary in a movie. By implication, it suggests most of the things we're accustomed to are superfluous.

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Godfrey Cheshire
New York Press

Coming from a director renowned as spartanly anti-dramatic, the film's escape is almost preternaturally gripping.

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Flixster Audience Score: 94% Flixster User Reviews
Spencer S.
Based on the true account of prisoner of war Andre Devigny, director and writer Robert Bresson recreated the isolation, intrigue, and tension of a prison break.… More
Stella Dallas
a stunning prison drama, based on the memoirs of a french pow who escaped the nazis and a sentence of death. we witness every painstaking detail of his plan… More
Ken Stachnik
Hands down one of the best prison escape movies ever made. Period.
Pierluigi Puccini
A minimalist work of powerful and dramatic precision. Bresson tells the story of a prison break without any contrivance nor decoration, with naturalism and… More
Aj V
This is a really interesting movie I saw for a class, but I didn't get to see the end. It is really inventive with the sounds and cinematography. If that… More
Eric Broome
An intimate, compelling tale of one man's meticulous plan to escape from a Nazi prison. The film defies formula in a number of interesting ways, including… More