L'Argent (1983)

The last film by veteran writer/director Robert Bresson, the French crime drama L'Argent (Money) was based on a short story by Russian novelist Leo Tolstoy. Looking for some quick cash, young man Norbert (Marc Ernest Fourneau) gets a… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: January 1, 1983
DVD Release Date: May 24, 2005
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Critic Score: 96% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

Bresson, working his sound track as assiduously as his visuals, once again makes us realize how little use most films make of the resources of the cinema. A masterpiece.

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Time Out

This is a return to the extremes of crime and punishment that Bresson last used in Pickpocket; and as in that film, crime is a model of redemption and prison a metaphor for the soul.

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David Parkinson
Empire Magazine

Compelling morality tale that works on multiple layers.

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Michael Atkinson
Village Voice

A harrowing scour of ideological cinema.

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Vincent Canby
New York Times

It's tough but it's also rewarding.

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Michael E. Grost
Classic Film and Television

Harrowing crime film about the persecution of a working class man by the rich.

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Anthony Lane
New Yorker

Bresson -- who was eighty-two years old when the film came out, and clearly in no mood for mellowing -- frames the acts of wickedness, both great and small, with a terrifying calm.

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Witney Seibold

L'Argent is one of the most damning litanies of human evil one may encounter. It's also one of the better films.

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Laura Clifford
Reeling Reviews

...we can see Bresson's influence on Polish director Krzysztof Kieslowski, Yvon's curtly procedural trial and subsequent acts a precursor to "A Short Film About Killing."

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