Un condamné à mort s'est échappé ou Le vent souffle où il veut (A Man Escaped)
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Un condamné à mort s'est échappé ou Le vent souffle où il veut (A Man Escaped)
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 Bresson took with all of his films. The filmmaker, who spent a year in a German prison camp during World War II, based this story on the experiences of Andre Devigny, a French Resistance fighter sent in 1943 to the infamous prison in Lyons, where 7,000 of the 10,000 prisoners housed there died either by natural means or by execution. Lt. Fontaine (Francois… More

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Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"It is Bresson's unadorned, almost ascetic style that lifts the tale beyond a genre piece."
‑ Lawrence O'Toole, Entertainment Weekly
"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."
‑ Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader
"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."
‑ Adrian Turner, Radio Times
"One of Bresson's most sublime and understated films, in a career that consists of a series of meditational masterpieces that minutely and compassionately examine the human condition."
‑ Gwendolyn Audrey Foster, Senses of Cinema
"A Man Escaped seems to be one of the few Bresson films that both his fans and detractors can agree on."
‑ Jaime N. Christley, Slant Magazine
"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)."
‑ Doug Cummings, L.A. Weekly
"Even the title dispenses with unnecessary frills: A man escaped. What more do you need to know?"
‑ David Fear, Time Out New York
"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."
‑ Christopher Long, Movie Metropolis
"Bresson's masterpiece is still a pinnacle in French cinema."
‑ David Parkinson, Empire Magazine
"If it's not as emotionally haunting as Au Hasard Balthazar or Mouchette, it remains a powerful, compelling portrait of discipline, and humanity."
‑ Gabe Leibowitz, Film and Felt
"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."
‑ David Denby, New Yorker
"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."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"Coming from a director renowned as spartanly anti-dramatic, the film's escape is almost preternaturally gripping."
‑ Godfrey Cheshire, New York Press
"Bresson outdoes nearly every escape film you've ever seen, using little more than the face of Francois Leterrier and elemental off-screen sound."
‑ Josh Larsen, LarsenOnFilm
"A Man Escaped offers newcomers to Bresson perhaps the most accessible point of entry into the work of this brilliant, challenging, God-haunted artist."
‑ Steven D. Greydanus, Decent Films Guide