Retrospective 2015

Au hasard Balthazar

Robert Bresson
FRA, S 1966
95 min

A profound masterpiece from one of the most revered filmmakers in the history of cinema, director Robert Bresson’s AU HASARD BALTHAZAR follows the donkey Balthazar as he is passed from owner to owner, some kind and some cruel but all with motivations beyond his understanding. Balthazar, whose life parallels that of his first keeper, Marie, is truly a beast of burden, suffering the sins of man. But despite his powerlessness, he accepts his fate nobly. Through Bresson’s unconventional approach to composition, sound, and narrative, this seemingly simple story becomes a moving parable of purity and transcendence.

  • Anne Wiazemsky - Marie
  • François Lafarge - Gérard
  • Philippe Asselin - Father of Marie
  • Nathalie Joyaut - Mother of Marie
  • Walter Green - Jacques
  • Robert Bresson
  • Ghislain Cloquet
  • Jacques Carrère
  • Antoine Archimbaud
  • Raymond Lamy
  • Jean Wiener
  • Franz Schubert
  • Philippe Dussart
  • Pierre Charbonnier
  • Dominique Ribeyrolle
Argos Films, Parc Film, Athos Film, Svensk Filmindustri, Svenska Filminstitutet
Tamasa Distribution
35 mm
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