The Devil Probably (Le diable probablement)
The Devil Probably (Le diable probablement) (1977)

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… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: September 29, 1977
DVD Release Date: March 18, 1997
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Critic Score: 83% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader

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.

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Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out

Hold on to something, Bresson implies, or you may fall in love with boredom itself. See it for the mood.

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Clancy Sigel
The Spectator

Despite Bresson's characteristic evenness of tone and technical curtness -- his trademark is an almost contemptuous dismissal of flashiness -- I felt involved and moved by his pessimistic picture of four young French students.

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Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune

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.

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Verina Glaessner
Time Out

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.

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David Parkinson
Radio Times

Robert Bresson's most earnest film is also his least engaging.

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Richard Brody
New Yorker

Both the world and Bresson's cinema are in disarray, and the signs of his inner conflict are deeply troubling and tremendously moving.

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Caryn James
New York Times

No other director I can think of has come as close as Bresson to molding his players into what are, in effect, variations on a continuing personality, much the way a painter might.

Dennis Lim

Thirty-five years on, The Devil, Probably can still trigger a shock of recognition.

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Flixster Audience Score: 77% Flixster User Reviews
Carlos Magalh„es
Bresson's style is all there and it is clear that he wants to make a direct statement in what turns out to be a very political film, but sadly his usual… More
Walter M.
In "The Devil Probably," the cause of death of a young man is upgraded from suicide to murder. Six months previously, apparently tired of watching… More
Dimitris Springer
Let's be honest,few movies have grappled youth's troublesome occasions and personal scales.What forms this veil of coughing smoke is our social… More