Au Hasard Balthazar
Au Hasard Balthazar (1966)

Robert Bresson's acclaimed Au Hasard, Balthazar presents an unfettered view of human cruelty, suffering and injustice, filtered through the eyes of a donkey over the course of his long life. The burro at the film's center begins… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: May 25, 1966
DVD Release Date: June 14, 2005
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Ignatiy Vishnevetsky
AV Club

If one were looking for a perfectly realized film, Au Hasard Balthazar would be as likely a candidate as any.

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Andrew Sarris
New York Observer

No film I have ever seen has come so close to convulsing my entire being as has Au Hasard Balthazar.

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Louis Proyect

A film that despite its obvious religious overtones is much more about the hell of relationships based on commodities rather than sin.

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Anthony Lane
New Yorker

The film could have sunk beneath this symbolic burden, yet it is lightened by the speed and precision of Bresson's art; he could derive more from one pair of hands than most directors can from two hours of blood and guts.

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Geoff Andrew
Time Out

The film is perhaps the director's most perfectly realised, and certainly his most moving.

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Adrian Turner
Radio Times

One of the great masterpieces of world cinema: austere, warm, grim, surreal, shocking and heartbreaking.

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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

Perhaps the greatest and most revolutionary of Bresson's films, Balthazar is a difficult but transcendently rewarding experience, never to be missed.

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Roger Greenspun
New York Times

This is neither an easy film, nor, in the show biz sense, an entertaining one. It makes large demands upon its audience, and in return confers exceptional rewards.

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Total Film

The antithesis of cute Disney films about animals, Au Hasard, Balthazar is a stark meditation on existence in which meaning is conveyed through images and sounds, culminating in a moment of sublime epiphany.

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Flixster Audience Score: 86% Flixster User Reviews
Jonathan Hutchings
Godard once said that Au Hasard Bathazar, Bresson's fascinating allegorical study of spiritual transcendence, is "the world in an hour and a… More
Stella Dallas
it's an oddly appropriate christmas film but i wouldn't recommend it to anyone who's not already a fan of bresson. it's hard to see animals… More
danny d
like de sicas "the bicylce thieves", bressons character study is more about the human condition than about the plot itself. too much polish would… More
Arash Xak
I gave this 4 stars based on my own interpretation of the movie because it seems that everyone has a different one & I'm not sure about what the movie… More
Randy Tippy
To paraphrase Bresson, <i>Au Hasard Balthazar</i> presents a progression of life. From tender childhood to laborious adulthood to a "time of… More
Dillon Lupky
A masterpiece for so many reasons. This complex film is about so much more than Balthazar the donkey, it is about the human experience, about life itself.… More

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