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)

French director Robert Bresson drew from his own experiences as a POW to fashion this story of a resistance leader who is imprisoned by the Nazis. The leader, with the help of his cellmate, successfully engineers an escape. The plot was… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: August 26, 1957
DVD Release Date: May 25, 2004
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Consensus: A Man Escaped is blockbuster Bresson, a well-acted POW drama that builds with subtle, seat-gripping tension.

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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Jonathan Kiefer
SF Weekly

It's coolly comforting to recall how the innocence that lay shattered in the wake of World War II wasn't America's alone - just as it's heartening to rediscover the improbable beauty within the bleak scenario of A Man Escaped.

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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).

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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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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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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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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Flixster Audience Score: 94% Flixster User Reviews
Carlos Magalhães
Bresson is not interested in big emotions or catharsis (he doesn't even mind telling us the end of the film in the title) but rather drawn to details 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
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