Dir: Robert Bresson
Cast: Martin LaSalle, Marika Green, Jean Pélégri
76mins   1959   France   PG   French    Subtitled   

This film is being screened as part of a double bill with L'argent with an introduction by Alex Leith

In Paris in the late 1950s, Michel, a young man of intellectual background but unemployed, makes his living through petty theft from strangers.

Using terse narration by Michel himself and showing his diary entries, Bresson's austere, stylish drama, brilliantly edited to reveal Michel's practice and skill in sleight of hand, seeks to understand the reasons for his immoral behaviour.

'[A film] about self-fulfilment and redemption through love [...] this 1959 epic has seldom been equalled as a philosophical treatise on the subject' - Derek Malcolm, Guardian


Thu 16 June